Scarlets are sweating on the availability of centre Kieron Fonotia for their Heineken Champions Cup clash against Racing 92. The 30-year-old has been cited over a first-half incident in Scarlets’ Pro14 win over his former team Ospreys last Saturday, where he is alleged to have physically or verbally abused an opponent.
Scarlets and Fonotia will learn their fate later on today when his hearing will take place via a video conference with officials in Dublin, and they will be keeping their fingers crossed for good news.
The citing states: “Law 9.12 – A player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part of the arm (including stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking.”
Scarlets are already without their number eight for Saturday’s clash as Uzair Cassiem is banned for making contact with a Southern Kings’ rival’s eye area in the Pro14 in September.