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English hooker Hartley cited over alleged bite on Ferris

Hugh Farrelly

Published 20/03/2012 | 05:00

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ENGLAND and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley could be facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was cited for allegedly biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris in England's 30-9 win last weekend.

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Hartley served a 26-week ban for eye gouging in 2007 and if found guilty at the disciplinary hearing, on a date yet to be announced, he faces a minimum of 12 weeks' suspension, which threatens his participation in England's summer tour to South Africa.

The incident occurred in the 28th minute, when Ferris claimed he was bitten and received treatment on a finger but referee Nigel Owens said he had not seen anything and could take no action, although he did speak to both captains regarding the alleged incident.

Italian commissioner Alberto Recalbini cited the Kiwi-born 25-year-old under IRB law 10.4 (m), and if found guilty Hartley faces a suspension of 12 weeks (low end), 18 weeks (mid range) or 24-plus weeks (high end).

Irish Independent

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