Cian Healy clear to face Toulon after two-week suspension is appealed

Healy was cited during last weekend's loss to the French giants

Cian Healy clear to face Toulon after two-week suspension is appealed

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Cian Healy will be available for selection for Leinster's Champions Cup clash against Toulon tomorrow evening after the Irish province appealed his two-week suspension.

Healy will start on the bench wearing number 17.

The Ireland international was handed the ban by EPCR’s independent judicial officer Roger Morris yesterday, for an incident involving Guilhem Guirado, and was cited under Law 10.4 (a), for striking with the knee, following the game.

The Welshman “determined that Healy had committed an act of foul play” and changed the charge to “dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an opponent without the ball, including shouldering – Law 10.4 (f) and Law 10.4 (k)" after he said the “charge of striking could not be proven" at an independent disciplinary hearing in Paris on Thursday.

Pending the outcome of the appeal hearing, Healy filed an application to the independent Appeal Committee to have his suspension lifted.

 

The full statement from the EPCR says: “The Leinster Rugby player, Cian Healy, has lodged an appeal against the two-week suspension imposed on him at an independent Disciplinary Hearing as a result of a citing complaint following his club’s European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3 match against RC Toulon on Sunday, 13 December 2015.

“The independent Judicial Officer at the hearing found that Healy had committed an act of foul play during the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (f) – Dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an opponent without the ball, including shouldering.

“As a written decision of the Judicial Officer is not available, it has not yet been possible to hear the player’s appeal nor set a date for the appeal.

“Pending the outcome of the appeal hearing, Healy filed an application to the independent Appeal Committee to have his suspension lifted.

“The independent Appeal Committee consisting of Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland), Chairman, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Roddy Dunlop QC (Scotland) met today (Friday, 18 December 2015) and allowed Healy’s application to have his suspension lifted.

“The player is therefore free to play until the outcome of his appeal.”

Via The42