Saracens’ Michael Rhodes cleared of headbutting Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw

‘It was not proven to required standard that contact had been made to Henshaw’s head’

Michael Rhodes of Saracens tackles Leinster’s Jordan Larmour during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Michael Rhodes of Saracens tackles Leinster’s Jordan Larmour during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 

Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes’s citing for headbutting Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw in their Champions Cup quarter-final match last Saturday has been dismissed, leaving him free to play in the semis and possibly next month’s title clash.

Rhodes went unpunished during the game after the incident, in which he appeared to swing his head back and strike Henshaw, as the officials did not notice it. But the act was spotted by citing commissioner, Beth Dickens.

“Rhodes was alleged to have committed an act of foul play in that he struck the Leinster centre, Robbie Henshaw, with his head in the 2nd minute of the match at the Aviva Stadium in contravention of Law 9.12,” European Professional Club Rugby said in a statement.

“The [independent Disciplinary] Committee decided that Rhodes had committed an act of foul play, however, it was not proven to the required standard that contact had been made to Henshaw’s head.

“The Committee concluded that the act of foul play did not warrant a red card and the citing complaint was therefore dismissed.”

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