Re Hartley, the citing officer is gonna need better evidence than is available from the broadcast footage, 'cos no-one can be seen biting anyone in that.
I don't think he does.
I genuinely think the disciplinary process will be satisfied with player testimony and Owens' comment that 'a mark' was visible somewhere on Ferris' hand.
I very much doubt any of these suspensions / bans would stand up in court. I'd love someone with deep pockets to force a test case. The worst it would do would force a more professional disciplinary process, which would be good all round.
that looks really seriuos for Hartley; the BBC go out of their way to mention his previous form.
To be fair, the BBC - like most lazy media - tend to mention it at every opportunity "Dylan Hartley - formerly banned for 'eye gouging' today helped an old lady accross the road".
It's a tag he'll never lose, but I guess he's only got himself to blame.
Also good to see some even-handed comments on here. Hartley has worked very very hard on his discipline and he would only be letting himself down if he has purposely bitten Ferris without provocation. I would be disappointed.
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