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Jesse Ryder in critical condition after being beaten up outside Christchurch bar

New Zealand's Ryder in critical condition after being attacked outside Christchurch bar

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

20:41 GMT, 27 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 27 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been admitted to Christchurch Hospital after being attacked at a bar, police have confirmed.

According to reports in New Zealand, the 28-year-old all-rounder is in a critical condition in intensive care after suffering a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

It is understood that three men attacked the controversial cricketer from behind.

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Critical condition: Jesse Ryder is in hospital in Christchurch after suffering serious head injuries

A statement on the New Zealand Police website read: 'Police are investigating an incident at a bar in Merivale in the early hours of this morning.

Cricket tweets support for Ryder

Michael Vaughan (former England captain) – Devastating news regarding Jesse Ryder… Just hope he can pull through… Thoughts are with him and his family…

Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire and former Ireland seamer) – Get well soon Jesse Ryder!

Ross Taylor (New Zealand batsman, former captain) – Thinking of you mate @DijaRyder

Black Caps (Official New Zealand cricket Twitter account) – The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning.

Luke Wright (England limited overs all-rounder) – Hope your ok @DijaRyder. Get well soon buddy.

Martin Guptill (New Zealand batsman) – Thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning. Get well soon bro.

'Police can confirm the incident did involve Jesse Ryder and that he is currently in Christchurch Hospital.'

St John Ambulance confirmed to TVNZ that two ambulances responded to an alleged assault at 12.34am in the morning.

'We transported to Christchurch Hospital ED under lights and sirens one patient, a male, aged in his 20s, with very serious head injuries,' St John Ambulance said.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose career has been plagued by off-field incidents, is on an indefinite break from international cricket and has not played for New Zealand since February last year.

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

He played yesterday for the Wellington Firebirds in the major preliminary final against Canterbury Wizards at Hagley Oval and was due to fly out to India this week to compete for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand Cricket revealed its chief executive David White, Peter Clinton from Cricket Wellington, Heath Mills from the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Ryder's manager Aaron Klee were flying to Christchurch.

'We are all shocked by what has occurred and extremely concerned for Jesse. New Zealand Cricket's thoughts are with him and his family,' White said.

New Zealand Cricket said the four would likely hold a press conference once they had ascertained the facts surrounding Ryder's injuries and his current condition.

Paul Taylor charged with grievous bodily harm for alleged pub brawl

Ipswich striker Taylor charged with GBH after alleged pub brawl in Suffolk

By
John Fahey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

13:36 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:36 GMT, 2 March 2013

Ipswich striker Paul Taylor has been charged over an alleged pub brawl.

The 25-year-old was charged with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) following the incident at a pub in the Suffolk town in October last year.

The alleged victim, a 30-year-old man, sustained two broken fingers and a fractured eye socket, Norfolk Police said.

Charged: Paul Taylor is alleged to have been involved in a pub brawl

Charged: Paul Taylor is alleged to have been involved in a pub brawl

The forward, who broke his ankle last September during a match, will appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on March 18.

A force spokesman said Taylor, of Ashton Close, Rendlesham, was charged alongside Olatunde Ademuyiwa, 24, of Beechway, Liverpool, who was also charged with GBH.

Ademuyiwa was also charged with assault by beating, along with Jodie Twitchett, 24, of Ashton Close, Rendlesham, during which a 42-year-old man sustained a broken rib and a cut to the head in the same incident.

Eden Hazard ball boy row: police launch probe but video supports claim Chelsea ace kicked the ball

VIDEO: Police launch probe into alleged assault on ball boy… but is this the new camera angle that clears Chelsea's Hazard
Belgian FA hit out at Eden Hazard after incident during Capital One Cup tieHazard clashed with ball boy Charlie Morgan, 17, while trying to reclaim ballFormer Chelsea star Pat Nevin backs Hazard and calls Morgan 'disgraceful'
17-year-old ball boy is heir to 42m Swansea director's fortune Claims ball boys were under orders to help Swansea rubbished by club
FA investigating the incident, but PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment

qualifier for Belgium and was filmed tucking into a burger from a van outside.

Steven Martens, the chief executive of the Belgian FA (KBVB) said: 'It's unfortunate and of course it's not something we are proud of. No football authority or person interested in football likes to see acts of violence or lack of respect and this is what happened.

'It might have happened in the heat of the fire but professionals are expected to be able to control themselves.

'They have to be able to control their emotions and when they don't that's unpleasant in general.

Anger: Swansea's Ashley Williams (centre) is held back as he tries to confront Eden Hazard (off camera)

Anger: Swansea's Ashley Williams (centre) is held back as he tries to confront Eden Hazard (off camera)

Sending off: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (#17) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct

Sending off: Chelsea's Eden Hazard (#17) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct

'Of course as we are the Belgium FA we don't like it to be a Belgium national squad player but I am very much convinced that Eden himself will realise that.

'Eden is more than intelligent enough to understand that this is going to be a lesson learned for him. All of us make mistakes in life.'

Martens, speaking at a meeting of UEFA's 53 member associations in Nyon, said Hazard's frustration was perhaps a reflection of the intense pressure on his shoulders.

Helping hand: Chelsea's Demba Ba (right) checks on the ball boy after he had clashed with Eden Hazard

Helping hand: Chelsea's Demba Ba (right) checks on the ball boy after he had clashed with Eden Hazard

Boast: The 17-year-old earlier wrote on Twitter that he was 'needed for timewasting'

Boast: The 17-year-old earlier wrote on Twitter that he was 'needed for timewasting'

He added: 'It is easy to judge from outside but you also have to see it from the player's side too.

'I have been a professional sports coach for many years and the demands on athletes and players are there day-in, day-out.

'Yes we think these guys are well-paid and have a luxury life but on the other hand there is an expectation on them all the time. 'It's not an excuse but it is something that could help us try to understand.'

While the boss of Belgium's football association was damning of Hazard, the Chelsea forward found a supporter in Pat Nevin.

Injured: The ballboy was named as 17-year-old Charlie Morgan, the son of Swansea director David Morgan

Martin Morgan

Wealthy: Charlie Morgan (left), the ball boy who
was kicked by Eden Hazard during a League Cup game last night, is the
son of multi-millionaire businessman Martin Morgan (right)

Property: The self-made tycoon is the owner of the luxury Morgans hotel in Swansea, pictured

Property: The self-made tycoon is the owner of the luxury Morgans hotel in Swansea, pictured

Boasting: Charlie posted this picture of a broken bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne on his Twitter page

betting slips

Boasting: Charlie posted a picture of a broken
bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne on his Twitter page, as well as one
of torn-up betting slips

The former Chelsea winger claimed he would have done the same as Hazard if he had been involved in the controversial ball-boy incident at Swansea.

When asked how he would have reacted to the situation, Nevin told BBC Radio 5: 'I would have kicked the ball out from underneath the ball boy if he had been lying like that, 100 per cent.'

And Nevin also criticised the behaviour of 17-year-old Morgan, branding it 'disgraceful'. He added: 'I was very, very disappointed by the way the ball boy acted, and I say “acted”.

'He must have been watching footballers, the way he rolled around and pretended to be more injured.

Travelling in style: Charlie put up this picture of himself in Virgin Atlantic's upper class

Travelling in style: Charlie put up this picture of himself in Virgin Atlantic's upper class

Destination: The teenager on holiday in Las Vegas, in another picture he posted to Twitter

Destination: The teenager on holiday in Las Vegas, in another picture he posted to Twitter

'He only has one job and his job is to go and give the ball back, and what did he do He keeps the ball.

'I have to say I was absolutely amazed this morning to find he is 17, not 12, not 13. 'He should know what his action should be in that situation. His behaviour was disgraceful.'

The ball boy at the centre of the storm Charlie Morgan is the son of hotel and property tycoon Martin Morgan, said to be the 32nd richest person in Wales.

Morgan is on the the Swansea board of directors – which is how Charlie ended up as a ballboy for the League Cup semi-final against the Londoners.

Pricey: A photo of the Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas which Charlie put on Twitter

Pricey: A photo of the Louis Vuitton store in Las Vegas which Charlie put on Twitter

Charlie Morgan receipt

Charlie Morgan weather

Shared: The teenager retweeted someone else's
120,000 receipt with the caption, 'This is huge time', and also let his
friends know about the good weather at his holiday destination

Posting on Twitter before the game, the teenager wrote: ‘The king of all ballboys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting.'

Charlie's father is the director of 11 hotel and property companies and has featured in recent editions of the Sunday Times Rich List.

Morgan comes in at No 32 in the top 100 list for Wales – ahead of Premier League footballers Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs and 80s rock chick Bonnie Tyler.

Ben Watkins, 18, a former school friend of Charlie's, said: 'He must be the richest ball boy in football.

In pain: Morgan (second right) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Hazard

In pain: Morgan (second right) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Hazard

'He's mad about Swansea City – what he did was a bit foolish especially after be boasted he was going to time waste. I guess he's been a bit spoiled because his dad's got pots of money.'

In posts on Twitter Charlie brags about drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne and going on holiday to Las Vegas and Dubai.

Swansea are highly unlikely to take any action against Morgan for his part in the ugly clash – and the club has rubbished claims that their ball boys were ordered to give them an unfair advantage in the Capital One Cup clash.

Morgan has been widely accused of
deliberately withholding the ball, a stance seemingly supported by his
posts on Twitter earlier in the day.

Chelsea star: Eden Hazard (right) is pictured earlier in the League Cup match with Swansea City's Ben Davies

Eden Hazard award in May 22, 2011 in Paris

Striker: Eden Hazard is pictured earlier in the match (left) and winning an award in Paris in May 2011 (right)

The club refused to comment when asked to explain the decision, but Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen reiterated Michael Laudrup’s assertion that their ball boys were not briefed to favour the home side.

Dineen told the Guardian: ‘There was no agenda, absolutely not. Stoke, a few years ago, would get the ballboy to wipe the ball down for a long throw and that was something the ballboys were obviously told to do. But certainly we don't line up the ballboys and ask them to waste time. Definitely not.’

A club spokesman added that Morgan,
who started his role aged 12 in 2008, ‘has been a ballboy for about six
seasons and there’s never been a complaint before’.

The
FA have also confirmed they will be taking no action against Swansea
over the incident, while South Wales Police are not pursuing the case as
Morgan declined to press charges.

The FA are reviewing footage of the
action, but Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon
Taylor does not believe Hazard should face additional punishment.

Hurt: The ballboy (centre) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Eden Hazard

Hurt: The ballboy (centre) is ushered away from the sidelines following the incident with Eden Hazard

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He said: 'There is obviously a process which the FA have to go through and it is up to them what they decide. 'But I don't think the young lad involved would want to see Hazard punished further.

'The referee made the correct decision on the night and you do not want people to be hung, drawn and quartered for things that happen in the heat of the moment.

'It is disappointing and Hazard has shown remorse and the two clubs handled the matter very well.

'It will be seen as another stick to beat the game with, but the game has always been about passion and emotions running high and it is a shame for this to overshadow the wonderful achievements of Swansea and Bradford – two clubs who have faced extinction – in reaching the final.'

Coach Alan Curtis also insisted the ball boys were not told to waste time.

He said: 'We never gave them any
instructions whatsoever to slow the game down. It’s never ever been the
case at all. It was a really unfortunate situation.

'I’ve got to be honest though, if I had been the player, I would have tried to get the ball back as quickly as possible.

'Unfortunately it’s been blown up to
be a major incident. It was quickly defused straight after the game.
They met up after the game and shook hands, both apologised and, as far
as we’re concerned, that is the end of it.

'It’s a shame that it’s overshadowed everything.'

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has accused Morgan of 'playing rugby' against Chelsea and said he could understand Hazard kicking out at the teenager.

Jol said: 'Our ball boys are between 10 and 12 years of age. I saw he (Morgan) was probably over-age, probably 21. A big boy, you know Six foot, maybe

'I felt for Hazard, but you can't kick people. He (the ball boy) was playing rugby with him, so I can understand he wanted to get the ball.

'We always tell coaches to tell the ball boys to give the ball back as soon as possible. To do it quick; and not to irritate people.

'Of course you could say Eden should have controlled himself, but it was bizarre. The ball boy shouldn't lie on the ball and play rugby with it.

'He (Hazard) should have controlled himself, but I can see why he did it. I'm not allowed to say I would have done the same so, of course, I would not have done that.'

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William Gallas in police probe: Wife taken to hospital after she "falls into bushes"

Gallas in police probe after row with wife who 'fell into bushes' and was taken to hospitalNadege Gallas, 31, was taken to local hospital by ambulance after incident outside their homePolice confirm inquiries continue but no arrests have been made

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 7 December 2012

Police are investigating allegations that Tottenham defender William Gallas was involved in a public spat with his wife, who ended up in a hedge.

A witness has told the Metropolitan Police that the couple were having a bust-up outside their Hampstead home.

Nadege Gallas, 31, then fell in a bush and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

Row: William Gallas and wife Nadege (pictured) had a row outside their home before she fell in a bush, witnesses said

The French international, who earns a reported 3.2million a year, followed behind in his Jeep.

Witnesses told The Sun that she had arrived at the mansion in her car and then shouted at her husband.

Gallas then emerged and yelled back several people watched on.

Peter Lenczuk, 38, said: 'They were arguing but I couldn't understand because it was in French. Then I saw her fall into the bushes.'

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

Star: William Gallas is one of Tottenham's top stars and is paid a reputed 3.5m a year

London Ambulance confirmed they had attended an incident in Gallas's street.

'We sent an ambulance and a responder in a car to the scene,' a spokesman said.

'Our staff treated the person at the scene before taking them to hospital.'

The couple later returned home from hospital together before the footballer drove off again.

Builders working on the house next door say they watched the row and
shouted to Gallas to make him stop, but he carried on. 'It was
horrible,' one said.

'Officers spoke to the alleged victim and no allegations were made to police,' a Met spokesman told MailOnline, adding they 'will be speaking the third party in due course to substantiate the allegation'.

UEFA urged to take strongest possible action against Serbia

PFA chief calls for UEFA to take strong stance over Serbia racism claims as verdict looms

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 21 November 2012

UEFA have been urged to take the 'strongest possible action' against Serbia at Thursday’s disciplinary hearing into racist chanting during the European Under-21 play-off against England.

The Serbian FA has been charged with alleged racist chanting by fans and both associations over the behaviour of players at the end of the game last month.

Professional Football Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said there would be huge disquiet if Serbia were only given a slap on the wrist if found guilty.

Ugly scenes: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep the opposing players apart during a scuffle after the Under 21 game against England

Ugly scenes: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep the opposing players apart during a scuffle after the Under 21 game against England

Taylor said: 'If the Serbian FA are found guilty then we would want UEFA to take the strongest possible action.

'Everybody was shocked by the racist chanting at that match and there needs to be a deterrent.

'We have had our own issues in dealing with incidents of racism of course, such as the length of time taken to deal with the John Terry case, but I don’t believe it is a case of people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

'I believe the FA have grasped the nettle and are trying to bring in improvements.'

Off you go: Serbian's Milos Ninkovic argues with Danny Rose after the England player was sent off

Off you go: Serbian's Milos Ninkovic argues with Danny Rose after the England player was sent off

The racism charge was discussed by FA chairman David Bernstein and sports minister Hugh Robertson at a meeting with UEFA president Michel Platini in Switzerland yesterday.

Bernstein told reporters: 'I think UEFA understand our position and that there is a degree of sympathy from Platini but I don’t want to say anything more than that.'

Anger: Marvin Sordell reacts after the U21 game

Anger: Marvin Sordell reacts after the U21 game

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has previously called for Serbia to be banned over the racism during the match in Krusevac on October 16.

Sunderland’s Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle for kicking the ball away in reaction to the abuse he was receiving. He later claimed the abuse was racial. The Serbian FA later blamed Rose and accused him of 'inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar' behaviour.

Euro 2012: Racist taunts aimed at Mario Balotelli to be investigated by UEFA

UEFA launch inquiry into monkey chants aimed at Italy striker Balotelli

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 12 June 2012

UEFA have announced they are to investigate allegations of racist chanting directed at Mario Balotelli during Sunday's Euro 2012 draw between Italy and Spain in Gdansk.

Fans' Embassy of Football Supporters Europe (FSE) have detailed the abuse Balotelli received from Spain supporters and UEFA have decided to launch an inquiry into that game, plus Russia's encounter with the Czech Republic on Friday.

Centre of attention: The Italian striker was jeered by some sections of the Spain support

Centre of attention: The Italian striker was jeered by some sections of the Spain support

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'Following the provision of new independent information today, regarding the two cases of alleged racist chanting in the Spain-Italy and Russia-Czech Republic matches, UEFA is now conducting further investigations,' UEFA said in a statement.

'There are, however, no disciplinary proceedings opened at this moment in time.'

It is the latest in a sequence of events that make uncomfortable reading ahead of a potentially powerkeg encounter between co-hosts Poland and Russia in Warsaw this evening.

Holland skipper Marc van Bommel was the first to complain of racist chanting during a training session in Krakow.

Frustrating: Balotelli punches the turf after failing to get the better of Spain

Frustrating: Balotelli punches the turf after failing to get the better of Spain

Trouble at Russia's encounter with the Czech Republic followed before the alleged taunts at Balotelli, who had previously claimed he would walk off the pitch if he heard anything to that effect.

Yesterday, Italy manager Cesare Prandelli rejected claims that Balotelli had been abused.

'That's absolutely untrue,' he said. However, eye witnesses said the abuse was clear. Thomas Herzog, member of the FSE Fans Embassy team for Spanish supporters, said:

'We were present during the match inside the football stadium and stayed inside the stand of the Spanish supporters over the entire course of the match.

Mario Balotelli

Trouble: The Italy striker threatened to walk off the pitch if he was racially abused

'At some point during the match then, about 200 supporters started monkey chants when the Italian player Mario Balotelli touched the ball.'

A massive police presence was already guaranteed in Warsaw this evening when a large number of Russia fans intend walking to the stadium in honour of Russia Day.

This is likely to be viewed as a provocative measure by the home supporters given Poland spent 44 years under Russian control following the end of World War II.
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Derek Riordan arrested over alleged assault

St Johnstone striker Riordan arrested over alleged assault

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UPDATED:

08:48 GMT, 8 May 2012

Arrested: Derek Riordan

Arrested: Derek Riordan

St Johnstone forward Derek Riordan has been arrested over an alleged disturbance at a popular night spot.

Riordan was arrested at the HMV Picture House venue in Edinburgh's Lothian Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

It has been reported the 29-year-old became involved in a confrontation with a bouncer. He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

A Lothian and Borders Police
spokesman said: 'A 29-year-old man has been arrested and charged in
connection with an alleged assault and breaches of the peace following a
disturbance at the Picture House in the early hours of May 7.

'He is scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday May 8.'

Riordan signed for St Johnstone on a short-term contract in March this year.

He has been capped three times by Scotland and also played for Hibernian and Celtic.

Stoke stand by Jermaine Pennant

Pulis in no rush to make judgement on Pennant despite second arrest

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UPDATED:

21:20 GMT, 2 May 2012

Stoke are standing by winger Jermaine Pennant despite his arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub.

Pennant, 29, has been bailed pending further enquiries into the incident in Manchester on Sunday.

Two hours after the alleged attack, Pennant was involved in a car crash and charged with drink-driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

Trouble: Jermaine Pennant (left) was arrested for a second time

Trouble: Jermaine Pennant (left) was arrested for a second time

But Stoke boss Tony Pulis said that there were no plans to sack the former Liverpool man, who missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Everton due to a hamstring injury.

Pulis said: ‘We have taken the approach as a club that we will look after him.

‘He has his court case on May 9. I’ve not spoken to anyone on the police force about it, so I can’t comment.

Standing by his man: Tony Pulis will not rush to a judgement on Pennant

Standing by his man: Tony Pulis will not rush to a judgement on Pennant

‘I’m certainly not going to hang the kiddie before we know what all this is about.

‘When we have seen what he is charged with, we will deal with it in-house. We want to keep him. He has another year left on his contract.’

Dylan Hartley cited for alleged biting

England hooker Hartley cited by IRB for allegedly biting Ferris at HQ

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20:13 GMT, 19 March 2012

England hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited for allegedly biting the finger of an opponent.

Hartley, who could land a maximum ban of four years, will face a disciplinary hearing following the first-half incident during Saturday's RBS 6 Nations game against Ireland at Twickenham.

Six Nations organisers announced Northampton forward Hartley had been reported by match commissioner Alberto Recaldini.

It is understood that Hartley is alleged to have bitten the finger of Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris in the 23rd minute.

Cited: Dylan Hartley (centre)

Cited: Dylan Hartley (centre)

In a statement, the Six Nations said: 'England hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited following the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday for an alleged biting offence.

'The independent Six Nations citing commissioner for the match, Alberto Recaldini (Italy), cited the England player under IRB Law 10.4(m), 'Acts contrary to good sportsmanship', for allegedly biting the finger of an opponent in the 23rd minute of the first-half.

'The player's hearing will be held by an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee at a date to be confirmed.'

A biting offence carries a low end entry point of a 12-week suspension, with 18 weeks for mid-range and 24-plus weeks at the top end in the International Rugby Board's disciplinary sanctions table.

The maximum sanction is a four-year punishment.

If Hartley is banned, he could easily be ruled out of England's three-Test tour to South Africa in June.

Alleged victim: Ferris (centre) received treatment on his finger in the first half

Alleged victim: Ferris (centre) received treatment on his finger in the first half

And his citing comes at the end of an otherwise successful tournament for England under their interim head coach Stuart Lancaster.

A 30-9 victory over Ireland gave England their fourth Six Nations win in five games and meant they finished second behind champions Wales.

The Rugby Football Union issued a brief statement following Hartley's citing.

It read: 'The England management have been formally notified about the citing of Dylan Hartley and will not be making any comment until the resolution of the disciplinary hearing.'

Match referee, Welshman Nigel Owens, did not see the alleged incident.

Owens, though, confirmed to the two captains – England's Chris Robshaw and Ireland's Rory Best – that it would be looked into after the match.

When Owens addressed Robshaw and Best he said: 'I have an accusation of biting, a clear mark on the finger.

'I did not see something. If I do it will be dealt with severely, which would be a red card.

Unavailable: Hartley cannot play until after the hearing

Unavailable: Hartley cannot play until after the hearing

'It could be dealt with afterwards. If it is seen it will be dealt with. I did not see it.

'Have a word. Nothing like that takes place in this game. I can only deal with what I see. Have a word please.

'I have had a look. Unless I can see it, it's been dealt with, okay'
As the two forward packs then set themselves for a scrum, Owens added:

'This game is difficult enough without stuff like that, is that clear'

Owens then approached Ferris while he was receiving treatment from the physio and said: 'I have done all I can. It has been noted. If I don't see it I can't do nothing about it. It has been spoken about and dealt with.'

Robshaw insisted after the game that he had not seen anything untoward on the pitch.

Asked how he would react if one of England's players had bitten an opponent, Robshaw said: 'It is one of those things we will have to address when we meet up, but at the moment it is innocent until proven guilty, so to speak.

'We will see what happens.'

Northampton forward Hartley cannot play, pending his disciplinary hearing.

Previous: Hartley has been cited in the past

Previous: Hartley has been cited in the past

Northampton captain Hartley, 25, has won 39 caps for England.
He was born in New Zealand, but qualifies for the red rose through his English-born mother.

Hartley made his Test debut against the Pacific Islanders at Twickenham in 2008, which came after he had served a 26-week ban for eye-gouging the previous year.

Hartley was cited for making contact with the eye areas of three Wasps players – Jonny O'Connor, James Haskell and Joe Worsley – during a Premiership game.

He pleaded not guilty on all three counts, but an RFU disciplinary panel found him guilty in relation to the Haskell and O'Connor incidents. He was cleared on the Worsley charge.

After the hearing, RFU disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett said: 'Contact with an opponent's eyes is a serious offence because of the vulnerability of the area and risk of permanent injury.

'It is often the result of an insidious act and is one of the most abhorred by rugby players.'

Although England do not play again until June, Northampton are currently on course to make the Premiership play-offs, with Hartley a key component in their title bid.

Mervyn Westfield to be sentenced over spot-fixing

First English cricketer guilty of spot fixing to be sentenced

Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield, the first English cricketer to be prosecuted for spot-fixing, is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Westfield, 23, pleaded guilty last month to taking 6,000 to bowl so that a certain number of runs were scored in the first over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.

Westfield was due to be sentenced last week but this was delayed due to 'administrative matters'.

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

He admitted one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs on January 12.

A separate charge of assisting another person to cheat at gambling was ordered to lie on file.

Later that day the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched a 'reporting window' to encourage players and officials to come forward with information about corruption.

The amnesty allowed them to report past approaches without fear of punishment. It is normally against ECB regulations not to report alleged corruption in the game.

Westfield, of Chelmsford, Essex, is currently on bail.

The case follows a separate trial in which three Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were imprisoned for their roles in a match-fixing scam.

The players were all sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in November for a plan to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test against England the previous summer.