Sánchez free to face England

Date published: November 22 2016

Argentina have been handed a boost ahead of taking on England as fly-half Nicolás Sánchez was found not guilty of striking at his hearing.

Sánchez was cited for allegedly striking an opponent in the 38th minute of the second-half in his team’s defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

But a statement on Tuesday has cleared the playmaker of the offence and he is now free to face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

“He appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee (appointed by World Rugby) in London on Tuesday and accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card,” it read.

“The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England), alongside Bonike Erinle (England) and Derek Bevan (Wales), viewed video footage of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence.

“The Committee then concluded that although Sanchez had committed an act of foul play, he had done this as part of an attempt to free himself from the illegal grasp of an opponent and that in any event, it would not have warranted a red card – no sanction was imposed.”