Clever escapes ban
September 17, 2011
Clever on the charge against Russia © Getty Images
United States skipper Todd Clever will be free to play in the US Eagles' remaining Pool C fixtures after escaping a suspension for foul play.
Clever was cited for a dangerous tackle and dangerous charge during the clash with Russia in New Plymouth on Thursday. The flanker admitted the charge of a dangerous tackle but Independent Judicial Officer Jeff Blackett deemed it to be a minor incident and that there were mitigating factors.
Therefore Clever escaped a potential two week suspension and is free to participate in the remainder of the US Eagles' campaign.
"The Judicial Officer found that there were compelling on-field and/or off-field mitigating features and a complete absence of on-field and/or off-field aggravating features," an International Rugby Board statement read. "In particular he determined that the contact was between the USA player's upper arm and the victim player's chest.
"It was a glancing contact as the victim player was already falling away as a result of a legitimate tackle by another USA player. There was no adverse effect on the victim player or the match and the offence could not be described as a body check, which would have been more serious."
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