Sun 1 Aug 2021 | 11:55

Hogg responds to biting allegation

Hogg responds to biting allegation
Sun 1 Aug 2021 | 11:55
Hogg responds to biting allegation
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REACTION: British and Irish Lions fullback Stuart Hogg said he was not involved in any act of foul play in Saturday’s second Test against the Springboks.

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South African fans have accused Hogg of biting South Africa fullback Willie Le Roux on the arm during a scuffle between the pair in the match, which the Boks won 27-9.

Video footage of the incident has since gone viral on social media.

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In a statement released on Sunday, Hogg said he was “upset” by the accusations.

“Following speculation that has surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play in last night’s game,” said Hogg.

“I would never bite an opponent and I am annoyed and upset by this unsubstantiated accusation.

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“I’ve always been proud of playing rugby in the spirit of the game.

“Respect to the Springboks for their deserved win yesterday.

“The squad is hurting after last night’s defeat, but it’s all to play for next week. It’s going to be a cup final and everyone’s going to be up for it.”

Meanwhile, Maro Itoje has been accused of kneeling on Damian De Allende’s chest and neck area, an incident that was caught by the matchday cameras. Former England flyhalf Andy Goode Tweeted: “Not a great look from Maro Itoje is it”.

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