British & Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cleared of biting Brett Sheehan during the Lions match with Western Force on Wednesday.
Healy had been cited after the game following a complaint from Force scrum half Sheehan that he had been bitten by the prop in the first half of the game.
Sheehan admitted to Australian TV at half time that it may have been accidental saying “I don’t know if it was an accident or on purpose but there it is. We move on.”
Healy appeared at a hearing in Brisbane on Friday morning in front of Nigel Hampton QC, but Hampton found that there was no definitive proof that Healy had bitten Sheehan. He said “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”
“I cannot prove on the balance of probabilities that there was a deliberate bite here and the citing complaint is not upheld.”
Healy’s Lions tour may be over anyway as he suffered potential ankle ligament damage later in the same game anyway which may rule him out for the rest of the tour.