Stags player charge dismissed

Foul play charge dismissed on technicality

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 15:40 10/10/2012
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Southland Stags player Matt Saunders has had a charge of foul play dismissed on a technicality after fronting the NPC judiciary tonight.

Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds considered an incident in the 58th minute of the game when Saunders allegedly punched Taranaki loose forward Kane Barrett but decided no citing was required.

However, the Taranaki union sought a review of that decision and the matter was referred to judicial officer Nigel Hampton, who held a video conference today..

After considering pre-hearing submissions from Saunders' representatives, the citing was deemed to have fallen outside the 12-hour time limit which is in place for the compressed NPC competition.

Hampton said there were no extraordinary circumstances which would allow the citing period to be extended and Saunders will now be free to play against Manawatu on Friday.

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