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Toby Flood cleared of tip-tackle charges

Toby Flood will be available to face the Ospreys on Sunday in the Heineken Cup after being cleared of a tip-tackle offence tonight.

The Leicester and England fly-half had been charged for an alleged dangerous tip-tackle on Worcester’s and former England fly-half Andy Goode on Friday as the two teams met at Sixways in the latest round of the Premiership.

Jeremy Summers, chairman of the disciplinary panel said: “Whilst we found that the elements of a dangerous tackle were made out, after very careful analysis we could not be satisfied, to that standard required, that the dynamics of the incident had not been caused, or contributed to, significantly by the involvement of other players from both teams.”

The Tigers are topping their pool in the Heineken Cup but have to travel to the Pro12 Champions, who beat Toulouse last time out, on Sunday before hosting the French Giants next week in what is setting up to be a knock-out game between two of Europe’s finests.

The outcome of the hearing also means the playmaker will be able to feature in England’s Six Nations’ campaign which starts with the Calcutta Cup against Scotland at Twickenham on February 2.

Watch the video of the incident below.


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