England rugby star Joe Marler has been cited after an incident involving Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones at Twickenham in the Six Nations on Saturday.
The England prop was caught by TV cameras smirking as he groped the Wales skipper between the legs.
A statement issued by the Six Nations, said: “Joe Marler has been cited for an alleged infringement of Law 9.27 (A Player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship – Hair pulling or grabbing; Spitting at anyone; Grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals (and/or breasts in the case of female players) during the Guinness Six Nations England v Wales match last Saturday.”
Marler’s England teammate Courtney Lawes also faces disciplinary action after being cited for a dangerous tackle – also on Jones – during Saturday’s encounter.
Their statement added: “The England No. 6 Courtney Lawes has been cited for an alleged infringement of Law 9.13 (A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
Both players will appear before a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday, tournament organisers have announced.
Manu Tuilagi will also face a disciplinary hearing this week after being sent-off in the 75th minute of the Twickenham encounter for a shoulder charge to the head of George North.
Joe Marler’s controversy record
England prop Joe Marler is never far away from the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Here, RUCK runs through each of those incidents down the years…
APRIL 2016: Two-week band and £20k fine for “Gyspy Boy” remark at Wales prop Samson Lee.
APRIL 2016: Two-week ban for kicking a Grenoble player in the head in first match back following previous ban.
JUNE 2016: Formal warning for a Twitter comment calling ex-Australia coach Bob Dwyer “a w**ker”.
SEPTEMBER 2017: Reprimanded for scrapping with international teammate James Haskell and spraying him in the face with a water bottle.