Charges against Leicester wing Jonny May dismissed

Jonny May is free to play for Leicester against Exeter Chiefs
Jonny May is free to play for Leicester against Exeter Chiefs

England and Leicester Tigers wing Jonny May has been cleared of the charges following his red-card incident in the recently concluded Aviva Premiership clash against Saracens at Welford Road.

May was sin-binned in the 10th and 68th minutes in the game for deliberate interceptions and appeared before an independent single judiciary officer, who felt the red card punishment was sufficient for the offence.

"The player is free to play again immediately," the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed in a statement.

"The sanction table set out at Appendix 1 to RFU Regulation 19 here determines that the sanction for two yellow cards, where both are given for technical offences, is sending off sufficient.

"The charges against Leicester Tigers' Jonny May were heard on papers by an independent single judiciary officer.

"The player was shown a red card after receiving two yellow cards in the match Leicester Tigers v Saracens on Sunday, December 24, 2017.

"Both yellow cards were awarded for deliberate knock-ons. The first yellow card was issued in the ninth minute of the match and the second was issued in the 69th minute of the match.

"May consented to the matter being dealt with on the papers."

Leicester Tigers went on to lose the encounter with a 17-29 margin and are positioned sixth in the table.

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