Hock faces eight-match ban
Gareth Hock could miss out on the World Cup after allegedly manhandling referee Ian Smith during Wigan's defeat by Huddersfield.
Last Updated: 26/07/08 9:43am
Wigan forward Gareth Hock could miss out on the World Cup after allegedly manhandling referee Ian Smith during the Warriors' 34-4 Super League defeat by Huddersfield on Friday night.
The 24-year-old second-rower was punished for dissent and then shown the red card after appearing to push the match official.
He will automatically appear before the Rugby Football League's disciplinary panel on Tuesday and looks likely to be charged with "behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game".
The League will clarify the charge on Monday but physical abuse of match officials is regarded as the most serious of offences and carries a minimum suspension of eight matches.
Wigan have only five matches of the regular season left plus any play-off ties.
However, Friday's defeat, their third in a row, dealt a blow to their hopes of securing a top-four finish - and a home tie.
Hock is likely to be a candidate for England's 24-strong squad for the World Cup, which starts on October 25th against Papua New Guinea.
He also missed the start of the season through suspension, having picked up a two-match ban for a dangerous throw in Wigan's last match of 2007.
Hock also missed six matches with a broken thumb, before a hamstring injury forced him to sit out England's mid-season international against France.