Cole escapes punishment for alleged bite
September 9, 2013
Leicester's Dan Cole is alleged to have bitten Worcester fly-half Ignacio Mieres © Getty Images
Leicester prop Dan Cole has escaped punishment for allegedly biting Worcester fly-half Ignacio Mieres during their Aviva Premiership clash on Sunday.
The incident occurred during the second half of the Tigers' 32-15 victory at Welford Road and left Mieres with blood on his fingers but no allegation was made by the Warriors' playmaker and no action was taken by the referee Luke Pearce
Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan denied any knowledge of the matter following the game and it understood that the Warriors chose not cite Cole themselves in the four-hour window they had.
Subsequent images appeared to suggest a bite may have been the cause of the injury but citing commissioner Peter Larter has opted against any disciplinary proceedings.
A statement said: "The RFU citing commissioner has viewed the incident many times and using all the available camera angles and believes it is accidental due to the dynamics of the contact as Dan Cole went to ground. No further action is to be taken."
BT Sport analyst Austin Healey suggested any bite would have been an accident, commenting: "You don't put your fingers in a dog's mouth." But his view was not shared by others with former England winger Jon Sleightholme writing on Twitter: "It's ok for Dan Cole to bite Mieres as he had his hand in his mouth, blood streaming down his fingers. Has to be banned in my view. #unacceptable".
Cole's England colleague Dylan Hartley was hit with an eight-week ban after being found guilty of biting Ireland's Stephen Ferris during their Six Nations clash last year. Referring to that incident, former England hooker Brian Moore tweeted: "Interesting what the citing officer makes of the Cole incident. Hand in the mouth not accepted as excuse in Hartley case."
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