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Maro Itoje free to play following citing

Saracens and England lock Maro Itoje has avoided further punishment following a citing. 

The towering second-rower was sent to the sin-bin in their 13-12 victory over Bath for a high tackle on Alfie Barbeary.

He was cited yesterday (Tuesday 30th April) for a ‘dangerous tackle contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13’; however following a tribunal the citing has been dismissed and he is free to play.

In a statement, Panel chair, Philip Evans KC, said: “The panel heard and considered evidence from Maro Itoje and the Bath player and were able to examine the footage of the incident many times and from many different angles. In particular, the panel watched the footage from the rear view of Itoje which, when considered alongside the rest of the footage, demonstrated it was more likely than not that contact was not initially with the head or simultaneously with the head and the body. Instead, contact with the head appears to come later and can properly be described as more glancing than direct in nature.

“In all of the circumstances, the panel did not conclude that a high degree of danger was created and therefore the on-field decision stands. The player is free to play with immediate effect.”

He will now be free to play Saracens final two games of the season against Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks, as they look to make the play-offs.