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Etzebeth cleared of foul play

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Johannesburg - Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth was on Tuesday cleared of foul play by an independent IRB-appointed judicial officer - David Martin of Ireland.

Etzebeth was cited for allegedly making contact “with the eye or eye area” of Scotland flyhalf Greig Laidlaw in the match at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 06, Eben Etzebeth during the South African national rugby team announcement at Kashmir Restaurant on June 06, 2012 in Durban, South Africa Photo by Steve Haag / Gallo Images

The judicial officer ruled that the contact in the area of the Scotland player's eyes was accidental, and as such did not constitute foul play.

As a result, Etzebeth is available to play in Saturday's match against England at Twickenham. - Sapa

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