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Free man: Stoddart clear to face Leinster

The ERC have ruled that Morgan Stoddart’s controversial red card does not merit any additional sanction.

SCARLETS WINGER MORGAN Stoddart is free to face Leinster after the ERC deemed that his red card in the defeat to Clermont-Auvergne last weekend was “sufficient punishment.”

Stoddart was controversially sent off at the Stade Marcel Michelin when Irish referee Peter Fitzgibbon showed him a second yellow card in the 37th minute.

The game was tied 13-13 at the time but Clermont took full advantage and romped home for a 49-16 win against the visitors’ 14 men.

Independent judicial officer Antony Davies ruled that neither of Stoddart’s yellow cards involved foul play directed at an opponent, and as a result, no additional sanction was necessary.

The 28-year-old is now eligible for Saturday’s match in Parc y Scarlets when Joe Schmidt’s defending European champions will look to extend their long unbeaten run in the competition.

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