Watson hit with offensive language charge


Bath wing Anthony Watson will learn his fate on Tuesday after also being alleged to have used "offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language" towards the fourth official following his red card against Saracens.

The England international was already in hot water after being ordered from the field for tackling Alex Goode while the Sarries full-back was in the air during a 30-10 Premiership victory for the champions this month.

Watson will face a three-man disciplinary committee in Bristol, where he will also answer claims that he vented his fury at the fourth official after being given his marching orders.

A Rugby Football Union statement said: "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,

"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."

Watson will be hoping to avoid a lengthy ban, with England heading for a tour of Australia in June.