British and Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg has denied biting Willie Le Roux throughout Saturday’s 27-9 defeat by South Africa.
Hogg’s head made contact with the left arm of Le Roux as tempers flared within the second half of a fractious second Take a look at at Cape City Stadium.
Footage and stills of the incident have been circulated on social media, however the Scotland captain rejects claims that he bit his reverse quantity.
“Following hypothesis that has surfaced on-line, I wish to categorically deny any foul play in final evening’s recreation,” Hogg stated in a press release launched by the Lions.
“I’d by no means chew an opponent and I’m aggravated and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation. I’ve at all times been happy with taking part in rugby within the spirit of the sport.
“Respect to the Springboks for his or her deserved win yesterday. The squad is hurting after final evening’s defeat, nevertheless it’s all to play for subsequent week. It’s going to be a cup closing and everybody’s going to be up for it.”
Biting is handled severely by rugby’s judiciary and carries a low-end punishment of a 12-week ban, rising to in extra of 24 weeks for critical offences. The utmost size of suspension is 208 weeks.
It’s thought of alongside testicle grabbing and eye-gouging within the size of sanction, with solely bodily abuse or threatening phrases or actions in the direction of match officers thought of graver offences.