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Burger facing disciplinary hearing

Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has been cited for alleged foul play during last Sunday's European Champions Cup quarter-final game against Racing Metro in Paris.

European Professional Club Rugby said that Burger is alleged to have struck Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud midway through the match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir, which Saracens won 12-11.

The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Eugene Ryan.

Namibia international Burger, 31, will face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday. Welshman Simon Thomas has been appointed as independent judicial officer.

World Rugby's low end punishment for such an offence is a two-week ban, with anything from eight weeks to 52 weeks at the top end.

Saracens return to Aviva Premiership action against play-off rivals Leicester on Saturday, before tackling Champions Cup semi-final opponents Clermont Auvergne in Saint Etienne on April 18.

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