Bath look set to mount a vehement defence of their England wing Matt Banahan after he was sent off against Guinness Premiership rivals Northampton.
Banahan received his marching orders yesterday at Franklin's Gardens for reckless use of the boot on Saints replacement Stephen Myler. But Bath were aggrieved by his 66th-minute dismissal that will mean a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing and possible minimum two-week ban.
"We will see what happens from a judicial point of view, but from where I was sitting it didn't look like a red card," said Bath head coach Steve Meehan. "It is even worse that Stephen Myler said that he (Banahan) made contact with his forearm, not his head. Matt's pretty down in the dumps about it.
"I do know that the assistant referee said he made contact with his head. The referee wasn't influenced by anyone except the assistant referee, who told him it was a red card."
Banahan, who has won five caps and started all three of England's autumn Tests, is likely to face RFU disciplinary chiefs later this week.