All Blacks and Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock has been cited for alleged foul play during their Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Following the restart after George Bridge’s third try of the game which Whitelock took in the air, replacement Cheetahs front row Charles Marais pulled him down onto the ground.
When Whitelock came down, his right elbow made contact with the Marais’ face.
“From this screen it is not clear enough. We can see the elbow on the face but we don’t see clear force or not,” said referee Federico Anselmi to the TMO.
“The elbow does make contact with the face. My recommendation would be a yellow card and a penalty against black,” was the TMO’s reply.
Anselmi issued Whitelock with a yellow card, but it seems the citing commissioner deemed the incident was a red card offence in citing Whitelock.
He is alleged to have contravened law 10.4[a] striking another player with the elbow, and will appear before a SANZAAR judicial hearing, held by video conference, on Monday.
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