Faan Rautenbach of London Irish has been cited for allegedly stamping on David Wallace of Munster in the game between the two teams at Thomond Park last Saturday in the last round of the Heineken Cup (HEC).
I won't comment on the incident - I was at the game, as it happens - but what's interesting is how the hearing is to be held.
It's to be held, today, by conference call.
Now, in the case of Richie Rees of Cardiff Blues, who was suspended for contact with the eye area of Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints, Hartley gave his evidence by telephone - and was cross-examined - rather than in person. This would appear to be a step further. And it raises some interesting (dread word) issues.
Disciplinary hearings in the competitions run by European Rugby Cup (ERC) are subject to the Regulations of the International Rugby Board (IRB) - in this case, Regulation 17 (it should be noted that if there are any changes to this that the ERC have put in place, they aren't in the general public domain). And that sets out how hearings are supposed to be carried out.
Now, it should be noted at the outset that the Disciplinary Officer at a hearing can adjust the procedure at the hearing from that set out in Regulation 17.13 - but he or she must attempt to keep it as near to that procedure as possible.
As regards conference calls and that procedure, there seems to be a rather large gap.