Ghiraldini cited for alleged eye-gouge
October 4, 2011
Italy's Leonardo Ghiraldini will face a disciplinary hearing after being cited for an alleged eye gouge on Ireland's Cian Healy © Getty Images
Italian hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini will have to face a disciplinary hearing later today after being cited by Peter Larter (England), the acting citing commissioner on duty for the Pool C match involving Ireland and Italy in Dunedin on Friday night.
Ghiraldini was cited for a breach of Law 10.4(m) - contact with the eyes or the eye area and acts contrary to good sportsmanship - on Ireland prop Cian Healy during last Sunday's decisive encounter at Otago Stadium.
A statement from Rugby World Cup organisers confirmed that the case will be heard by the Independent Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC from New Zealand. The hearing will take place in Auckland at 4pm local time.
The incident involving the players occurred at a ruck during the first-half of the game. Healy was left visibly wincing by TV cameras and immediately sought out referee Jonathan Kaplan to make an allegation of eye gouging.
Speaking yesterday, Ireland team manager Paul McNaughton told a press conference in Wellington that Healy had been interviewed to give his side of the story.
"We were asked questions and asked to make a brief statement on it to the match commissioner. We did that in the ground (after the game)," explained McNaughton.
"Cian answered several questions put to him by the match commissioner and gave a statement, but we haven't heard anything since."
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