van der Linde is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship, when he allegedly bit Force player Toby Lynn at the back of a Ruck while the players were involved in a clean out. The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the match between the Force and Lions on 26th May at NIB Stadium in Perth.
The Referee: Garratt Williamson referred the incident to the Citing Commissioner by issuing a White Card following a complaint by Force Captain David Pocock.
Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the Red Card threshold for foul play
The Citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron.