Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes has landed himself in more trouble due to a tweet he sent during his hearing for alleged foul play.
Hughes appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday, after he was cited by independent citing commissioner Andy Blyth after his side’s Premiership encounter with Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena last weekend.
It is alleged he punched Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow contrary to Law 9.12.
The hearing was subsequently postponed and independent panel chair Gareth Graham said: “The independent panel appointed to deal with this case will reconvene in not less than seven days in order to deal with an issue that arose during the evening.”
“No judgment will be issued by the panel in this period and the panel direct that the player, Wasps Rugby and the RFU are to make no further comment until the case has concluded. The player remains suspended until the conclusion of the matter.”
But the issue in question is understood to be a tweet sent by Hughes during the hearing which said: “What a joke”.
Although Hughes deleted the tweet, it is seen as a criticism of the disciplinary proceedings. That resulted in the postponement of the hearing.
Hughes was initially facing the prospect of a six-week ban for punching Ludlow but may face an additional charge for his tweet.
As he is suspended until the disciplinary process runs its course, Hughes is unavailable for Wasps’ Champions Cup opener against Leinster at the RDS Arena in Dublin on Friday.
The 27-year-old could now be facing another charge because of his tweet and his availability for England‘s end-of-year Tests is also greater jeopardy.