British & Irish Lions Prop Healy cleared of foul play

British & Irish Lions Prop, Cian Healy has been cleared of foul play in the Lions 17-69 victory over the Western Force and is free to play on.

Healy was cleared of acts contrary to good sportsmanship, following a two and a half hour hearing in Brisbane.

Healy was cited following an incident in the 17th minute of the opening match of the Australia 2013 Lions Tour on Wednesday evening under Law 10.4 m Acts contrary to good sportsmanship against Emirates Western Force scrumhalf, Brett Sheehan.

Hearing the case Judicial Officer, Nigel Hampton QC, found insufficient evidence to support the allegations and cleared Healy.

In his findings Mr Hampton stated that on the balance of probabilities he was not satisfied that Healy bit Force scrumhalf, Brett Sheehan.

“There is no conclusive video evidence of the incident and post-match it was not possible to distinguish any discernible bite marks outside of the ‘regular’ marks usually found following a Rugby match,” Mr Hampton said in his findings.

“I cannot find proven on the balance of probabilities that there was a deliberate bite here, and the citing complaint is not upheld.”

Hampton determined that during the tackle Sheehan’s arm may have come in contact with Healy’s mouth and due to the pressure of the tackle it is likely that unavoidable contact between Healy’s mouth and teeth and Sheehan’s arm occurred.

The decision means Healy will be available for selection.”

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