Monday, December 7, 2009

Heaslip cleared of eye-gouging

South Africa's claim of eye-gouging against Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip on flanker Heinrich Brussow has been thrown out by citing commissioner Douglas Hunter.

The Springboks have asked Hunter to look at the incident which took place during the first half of the 15-10 loss to Ireland at Croke Park.

Hunter could not find any video evidence of the incident and decided to throw out the report along with a number of reports allegedly made by the world champions.

This didn't stop the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) from having a parting shot at the Springboks for publicly questioning Heaslip.

The IRFU statement read: "The Six Nations has confirmed to the Irish Rugby Football Union that none of a number of referrals made by South Africa against Ireland players has been upheld by the independent citing commissioner that was present at the game between Ireland and South Africa in Croke Park on Saturday 28 November.

"The Ireland management is however very disappointed that the name of an Ireland player was subsequently associated with eye gouging in the media as a result of one of these unsubstantiated referrals.

"The Ireland management fully support and believe in the integrity of the citing process in place but believe that any referrals in this process should be made only when they are material and substantial.

"The Ireland management will be making no further comment and consider the matter closed."

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