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Glasgow’s Niko Matawalu cleared over biting claim

Matawalu has been cleared of claims that he bit an opponent during the game with Munster. Picture: SNS

Matawalu has been cleared of claims that he bit an opponent during the game with Munster. Picture: SNS

GLASGOW Warriors scrum-half Niko Matawalu has been cleared of allegations that he bit Munster opponent Donncha O’Callaghan during Warriors’ RaboDirect Pro12 defeat on Friday night.

Glasgow revealed Matawalu had been cleared to continue playing after a three-and-a-half-hour league disciplinary tribunal in Cardiff on Wednesday afternoon.

A club statement read: “The committee found, on the balance of probabilities, that while Niko’s teeth had come into contact with Donncha O’Callaghan’s arm, causing injury, this contact was accidental and therefore not an act of foul play. Accordingly, the citing was dismissed.

“The committee said that they had been impressed with the evidence given by all concerned, including Messrs O’Callaghan and Matawalu, and that they had no doubt that the citing commissioner was right to bring the complaint.”

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray was also cleared of elbowing Matawalu.

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