Springbok lock, Eben Etzebeth has been found Not Guilty of the alleged eye gouging he was cited for after the clash between the Springboks and Scotland. The Judicial Officer ruled that the contact was accidental and therefore did not constitute foul play.
The verdict of not guilty means the star lock is free to play in the final tour Test match for the 2012 season. Eben is considered an extremely important cog in the Springbok engine room and no doubt the news must have Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer extremely relieved.
Had Eben been found guilty it would have been a huge setback for the team’s chances in their match against old foe England at Twickenham, on Saturday.
Have a look at the “Evidence” yourself: