Bears front line, Kyle Sinckler to miss England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland after receiving a two-week sanction for not respecting the authority of a referee.
Sinckler appeared before an independent disciplinary panel online after being cited for the incident that took place in victory Bristol Premiership over Exeter on Saturday .
The 27-year-old Bears mainstay told referee Karl Dickson “Are you serious?” after the referee ruled that there had been no foul play on an inning by England colleague Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Sinckler contested the charge, but it was upheld and is free to play again on February 9, making him available for the Six Nations second round match against Italy at Twickenham.
He apologized for the outburst immediately after the match, admitting that “it was not the example I want to set.”
“While Kyle Sinckler conceded that he used foul language with the referee, he did not accept that the conduct warranted a red card,” the independent disciplinary panel said.