Healy cleared of bite allegation
Jun 07, 2013
British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cleared of biting Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan.
Accused of biting Sheehan in the 17th minute of the Lions' 69-17 win over Force in Perth, Healy was cited on the grounds of an "act contrary to good sportsmanship".
Healy attended a disciplinary hearing held in the Lions' team hotel on Friday morning, but judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC found insufficient evidence to support the claims.
Healy's tour may be over anyway after he suffered suspected ankle ligament damage against Force.
It has been concluded it was possible that during the incident, 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 Sheehan's arm occurred".
"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 prove on the balance of probabilities that there was a deliberate bite here and the citing complaint is not upheld."
Healy said: "I am very relieved that the hearing has cleared me of such an allegation. I was naturally very disappointed that there was a citing in the first place.
"I always maintained that nothing happened and that I had done nothing illegal. The opposition player's arm hit me. It is as simple as that."
Sheehan had to say: "I don't know if it was an accident or on purpose but there it is. We move on."