Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson cleared to play after citing is not upheld

Ryan Wilson is a key figure in the Scotland side
Ryan Wilson is a key figure in the Scotland side
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Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson has been cleared of making contact with the eye area of England's Nathan Hughes during his team’s Calcutta Cup triumph last weekend and is free to face Ireland next weekend.

Wilson appeared on Wednesday before an independent NatWest Six Nations disciplinary committee in London, and is now free to play after a citing for an alleged foul play was dismissed at the disciplinary hearing.

"Due to a pre-existing injury, two of his fingers (his fourth and little finger on his right hand) were involuntarily in a bent or hooked position," read a statement.

"The disciplinary committee also considered that the contact with the eye area had been reckless (rather than intentional), light and fleeting, and had come about as a result of the player's attempts to grab his opponent's shirt during an off-the-ball scuffle with his opponent.

"After careful consideration, the disciplinary committee did not conclude that the foul play had warranted a red card, and the citing was not upheld.

"No sanction was imposed and the player is free to resume playing immediately."

Wilson would have faced a minimum of a four-week ban had the panel found him guilty of offence.

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