• Saracens defeated Bath 30-10 in Aviva Premiership clash on April 1 
  • Anthony Watson was sent off for dangerous tackle on Alex Goode 
  • Bath full-back accused of using ‘offensive’ language towards officials  
  • Watson will face three-man RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday night

Press Association

England wing Anthony Watson will answer allegations he ‘used offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language’ towards match officials after being sent off in Bath’s 30-10 defeat by Saracens.

Watson will come before a three-man RFU disciplinary panel in Bristol on Tuesday night, to answer the charge of tackling a player in the air that led to his red card during the Aviva Premiership match on April 1. 

The 22-year-old was given his marching orders for upending Saracens full-back Alex Goode in Bath’s heavy loss at the Recreation Ground. 

Bath full-back Anthony Watson collides with Alex Goode as the Saracens star jumps to gather a high ball

Bath full-back Anthony Watson collides with Alex Goode as the Saracens star jumps to gather a high ball

Tempers flared between Watson and Chris Ashton (right) following his collision with Goode 

Tempers flared between Watson and Chris Ashton (right) following his collision with Goode 

Both Watson and Bath were furious with the dismissal, and the west country club could yet claim that Chris Ashton checking the winger’s run helped cause the incident.

But now Watson must respond at the hearing to another charge, relating to an alleged spat with the fourth official as he left the field.

‘Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel charged with tackling the player in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i) and for a breach of law 10.4(m) and/or conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12,’ reads an RFU statement.

The England star is sent off by referee Greg Garner following his collision with the Saracens full-back 

The England star is sent off by referee Greg Garner following his collision with the Saracens full-back 

Watson takes his place on the Bath bench following his dismissal during the clash at the Rec 

Watson takes his place on the Bath bench following his dismissal during the clash at the Rec 

‘During the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Saracens on 1 April, Watson was red carded for tackling Alex Goode of Saracens while in the air. The incident occurred in the second half of the match.

‘Following the sending off Watson allegedly used offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language and behaviour towards the fourth official.

‘The player will appear before a three-person RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday 12 April at 6:30pm in Bristol.’

England’s Six Nations Grand Slam winner Watson could face a minimum suspension of two weeks if the disciplinary panel impose any sanction on his challenge on Goode, but could yet take a dim view of his reaction to the red card if the charge of abusing an official is proven.

Watson has been accused of offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language' towards match officials

Watson has been accused of offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language’ towards match officials

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