RFU panel clears Leicester's Toby Flood over tackle on Worcester's Andy Goode
Last Updated: 09/01/13 8:37am
Toby Flood in action against Worcester last Friday
Leicester's Toby Flood has been found not guilty of tip-tackling Worcester's Andy Goode.
The decision means fly-half Flood will be able to play for Leicester in the Heineken Cup this weekend against Ospreys and for England in the Six Nations.
Flood was cited after the challenge on Goode during Leicester's Aviva Premiership victory at Sixways last Friday.
Had he been found guilty he could have faced a ban of several weeks, putting his participation in the Six Nations in doubt as well as the Tigers' crunch Heineken Cup matches with the Ospreys and Toulouse in the next two weeks.
The panel found that Goode was the victim of a dangerous tackle, but with Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins and Worcester's James Percival also in close proximity, they could not find Flood solely responsible.
Panel chairman Jeremy Summers said: "Whilst we found that the elements of a dangerous tackle were made out, after very careful analysis we could not be satisfied, to that standard required, that the dynamics of the incident had not been caused, or contributed to, significantly by the involvement of other players from both teams."
England coach Stuart Lancaster is due to name his squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday.