Stade FranÃ§ais and Italy captain Sergio Parisse's will learn if he will be banned for the rest of the Six Nations on Wednesday.
Stade FranÃ§ais and Italy captain Sergio Parisse's will learn whether or not he will be banned for the rest of the Six Nations on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old will appear before a Ligue Nationale de Rugby disciplinary panel after being shown a red card in Saturday's Top 14 win over Bordeaux-Begles for allegedly insulting referee Laurent Cardona.
Parisse has denied any wrong-doing, but he is likely to be handed a ban of between “40 and 80 days” according to the LNR, which would rule him out of Italy's remaining Six Nations clashes with Wales, England and Ireland.
In anticipation of the Azzurri skipper being suspended, Italy coach Jacques Brunel also called up veteran back-row stalwart Mauro Bergamasco.
Parisse however continues to proclaim his innocence and reportedly sent a letter to the French disciplinary chiefs on Monday hoping to explain the situation.
“Sorry to my team-mates and fans for the red card, which I find too harsh! I never insulted M. Cardona” the 93-time capped forward wrote on Twitter.
“I'm convinced this misunderstanding will be clarified without consequences,” he added later.
Italy team manager Luigi Troiani admitted that the Azzurri had no option but to wait and see what unfolded.
We have seen the images and talked with the player knowing what the referee has put in his report. The club have made a request to bring the disciplinary hearing forward to Wednesday,” Troiani told reporters in Rome on Monday.
“At present, we can only wait for the evolution of events. “Until we hear otherwise, we can only assume the player is not available for Saturday.
“That said, we cannot prepare for a tough game like this thinking about the situation of an individual, although the absence of Parisse would be very heavy.
“I think, first of all, it is our duty to stay focussed and work during the week to take the field on Saturday with the aim of beating Wales.”