Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola has had his pink card overturned following an impartial disciplinary listening to arising from his sending off through the Champions Cup conflict with the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria.

Vunipola was despatched off by the referee Andrea Piardi within the 52nd minute of the match after his shoulder made harmful contact with reverse quantity Cameron Hanekom’s head at a breakdown.

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The 31-year-old was cited for contravening Legislation 9.12 (Bodily abuse of an opponent – punching or placing with hand, arm, elbow or shoulder) and Legislation 9.11 (Reckless or harmful play – main with the elbow or forearm).

An impartial Disciplinary Committee comprising Jennifer Donovan (Eire), Chair, Tony Wheat (Eire) and Valeriu Toma (Romania), considered footage of the incident and heard proof by video convention from Vunipola, who accepted that he had dedicated an act of foul play however didn’t settle for that it warranted a pink card.

The committee additionally heard submissions from the Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, from the Saracens Workforce Supervisor, Warrick Lang, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

The committee decided that Vunipola had dedicated an act of foul play, nevertheless, it determined that there was inadequate power within the contact to Hanekom’s head to warrant a pink card, and the pink card was subsequently overturned.

Vunipola is free to play instantly and EPCR has the precise to attraction the choice.

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