Sunday, May 03, 2009
Munster Flanker Alan Quinlan will wait anxiously to see if hell still be on the plane to South Africa later this month after TV replays showed what looked like an attempted eye-gouge on Leinster captain Leo Cullen in the Heineken Cup semi final at Croke Park yesterday.
Quinlan will now wait to see if an independent citing officer takes action against him, which will probably result in a few months on the sideline.
Neil Best of Northampton received an 18 week ban for eye-gouging earlier this season, and Dylan Hartley, also of Northampton, was out for six months in 2007 after his similar offense.
Lions skipper Paul OConnell naturally stood up for his teammate.
"Quinny isn't that type of guy.
"He is a tough player. It is the one thing he hasn't got in his record book. If it looked bad, I am sure there was nothing in it," O'Connell said.
If consistency in citing procedures is what the rugby world is after, then Quinlan will no doubt be watching his mates take on the Springboks from the comfort of his living room.