Joe Marler faces a career-ending ban for grabbing Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones by the testicles during England’s 33-30 win at Twickenham.
Disciplinary chiefs will throw the book at England’s bad boy prop, whose dire previous record will count heavily against him.
Citing officer Peter Ferguon of Ireland has 48 hours from the final whistle to charge Marler, 29, with foul conduct.
And after Jones complained bitterly about the incident that is certain to happen.
The MINIMUM ban for grabbing an opponent’s genitals is 12 weeks.
Marler has picked up four other bans in the past four years, along with a £20,000 fine and several reprimands.
So he can expect a much more severe penalty – and the maximum ban is FOUR YEARS.
Jones, who was winning his 138th Wales cap, was angry the matter was not dealt with by the TMO, and said he would have been red carded if he had reacted to Marler’s Vinnie-Jones style grab at him.
Plenty of people saw the funny side of the incident – Jones did not seem too badly inconvenienced – including former Wales captain Gather Thomas.
The openly gay ITV pundit had his colleagues and viewers roaring with laughter over his tongue in cheek comment, saying "It would've never have happened in my day and I'm really upset about that – because if it had I would have never retired!"
But Thomas was forced to backtrack slightly yesterday in response to criticism from a few Twitter users, including ex-England fly half Andy Goode.
Goode tweeted: “Imagine if someone touched another man or woman up in the workplace and then someone joked about it on TV.
“People have admiration for Gareth Thomas with what he’s been through and opened up about, but I wonder if something similar was done in a homophobic way he’d joke about it.
“People think it’s funny, but the values our game has been built around aren’t in great shape at the minute!”
Thomas reacted by posting: “To the VERY small minority who were offended by my comments, I apologise. I tried to find the humour in the situation.
“That doesn’t mean I condone it. It means I wanted it not to be an issue. So don’t change the narrative to justify how you feel. Be kind.”
Some viewers have even called for Marler to be slapped with a sexual assault charge.
Marler is not the only England player in the dock. Manu Tuilagi faces a six week ban after being red-carded in the 75th minute for a dangerous shoulder charge on George North.
And England coach Eddie Jones looks certain to be fined after describing the decision to send Tuilagi off as “rubbish” – and claiming England played the last few minutes “13 against 16”.
That was a clear dig at New Zealand referee Ben O’Keefe, suggesting he was favouring Wales. Replacement prop Ellis Genge had been yellow-carded as England gave away a succession of penalties during the Dragons’ late onslaught.
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