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Melck red card against Tigers dismissed

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The RFU Disciplinary hearing into the red card awarded to Justin Melck of Saracens in Saturday's Aviva Premiership match against Leicester Tigers has determined that the charge should be dismissed.

Melck is free to play with immediate effect and the red card comes off his record.
Panel chair Jeremy Summers said: "Contact with eye is a serious offence but, having considered reports from the Leicester Tigers, the Citing Commissioner and Mr Melck, I was satisfied that there had in fact been no contact with the eye/eye area. In those circumstances the red card was rescinded and no sanction was imposed."
Melck had been charged with an act contrary to good sportsmanship, contrary to Law 10.4(m), for allegedly making contact with the eye(s) or eye area of Leicester Tigers hooker Neil Briggs.
The RFU Panel comprised of Jeremy Summers (chair), Liz Riley and Peter Budge.