Scotland stand off Finn Russell was today cited by independent commissioner Eugene Ryan of Ireland for a dangerous tackle despite being yellow-carded during yesterday’s 26-23 defeat by Wales at BT Murrayfield.
If the sin-binning is found to be insufficient punishment for up-ending Dan Biggar after his opposite number hoisted a high kick in the 30th minute, then Russell could face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.
A hearing in front of a Six Nations disciplinary committee is expected to take place later this week with Scotland almost certain to contest the charge vigorously.
It is also possible Scotland could yet cite Welshman Gethin Jenkins for blocking Stuart Hogg in a challenge many felt dangerous.
As for Russell, it seemed he was more intent on pulling out of a challenge with the Welsh player approaching leading with his knee than deliberately trying to commit an act of foul play.
When Welsh captain Sam Warburton was sent off in the 2011 World Cup semi-final for a dangerous tip tackle, a three-week ban was deemed appropriate.