British and Irish Lions: Cian Healy relieved at hearing decision
British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has admitted he was relieved to have been cleared by a disciplinary hearing.
Last Updated: 07/06/13 11:23pm
Healy had been cited following the incident in the first half of the 69-17 rout in Perth.
However judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC ruled there was insignificant evidence to prove Healy had been guilty of any act contrary to good sportsmanship.
And Healy, whose involvement in the tour remains in doubt due to the ankle injury he suffered in the same match, is delighted to have proved his innocence.
"I am very relieved that the hearing has cleared me of such an allegation," he said.
"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.
"The support I had from the management and all the lads was wonderful and I am glad that it is all over."
Lions tour manager Andy Irvine was pleased with the outcome of the hearing.
"The British & Irish Lions are very pleased with the outcome of today's judicial hearing in Brisbane," he said.
"The judicial officer, Nigel Hampton QC, was extremely fair and thoroughly considered all the facts of the case in great detail.
"We always believed that Cian had done nothing wrong and had not acted maliciously in any way.
"The decision was important to the player's and indeed squad's integrity as the allegation was a serious one."