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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
Grewcock hearing date set
The touch judge looks on during the incident
The touch judge looks on during Sunday's incident
Bath captain Danny Grewcock will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Coventry next Tuesday following his sending-off against Saracens.

The England forward faces a possible three-month ban after kicking Saracens skipper Kyran Bracken in the face during his side's 28-3 defeat at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

But Bracken, who had to have stitches, has insisted the clash was an accident and promised to back his former flatmate at the hearing.


You have to take the word of the man on the receiving end - Kyran is supporting Grewcock
Saracens boss Wayne Shelford

And reports suggest a video tape of the game sent to the RFU fails to provide conclusive evidence of the incident, enhancing Grewcock's chances of escaping suspension.

"Basically I think his boot connected with my face. I just hope all he gets is a red card and he can be back playing soon," said Bracken.

"I have spoken to Danny about it and he says he didn't mean to kick me. To be honest, when the whole pack falls on you, you can't stay in one position.

"Both of us were pretty worried and I am positive it was an accident, so I would be fully prepared to be a witness for him at a disciplinary hearing."

Grewcock is free to lead Bath in their Premiership game against Wasps at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

But a lengthy ban next week could destroy his chances of lining up for England in the November matches against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Grewcock refused to comment on the incident after the match at Vicarage Road but Bath boss Michael Foley was quick to defend him.

"Danny has stated that there was no intent. It was very much an accident and we still state that very clearly," said Foley.

Sky are reported to have had just one camera at Vicarage Road which showed Grewcock being sent off but not the incident itself.

And Saracens head coach Wayne Shelford said the club's tape of the match did not shed any light on the incident.

"You can't see anything on the video. Obviously the touch judge saw it but there is nothing clear on the tape," Shelford told the Daily Mail newspaper.

"You have to take the word of the man who was on the receiving end. Kyran is supporting Grewcock in what he did. He says that it wasn't intentional but accidental.

"If he doesn't think it was malicious, then it will be up to the judiciary to decide."

Grewcock's disciplinary panel will be chaired by Richard Moon, assisted by his fellow RFU Council members Paul Murphy and former England prop Jeff Probyn.

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