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  Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Healey agent on the attack
Healey and Harrison clashed in the ACT v Lions match
Healey and Harrison clashed during the tour
Austin Healey's agent has questioned the authority of the Lions' disciplinary panel the player has been called to appear before.

Healey has been ordered to appear after calling Wallabies lock Justin Harrison a "plank" and a "plod" in a newspaper column before the third Test defeat by Australia in Sydney last weekend.

Jonathan Barnet said Healey was willing to attend the hearing but added: "There are, however, two areas that are already causing me considerable concern.

"First of all, I understand the proposed panel will comprise the Lions' tour manager Donal Lenihan, the coach Graham Henry and skipper Martin Johnson.


I would like to emphasise, however, that despite these concerns, Austin will attend any formal hearing should he be requested to do so.
Healey's agent
Jonathan Barnet

"If this is the case, I would immediately call into question the objectivity and impartiality of such a panel and would raise serious concern about Austin receiving a fair and unbiased hearing.

"Secondly, I would also like to question the Lions' right of jurisdiction now that the tour is officially over.

"Austin expressed his opinions about Justin Harrison ahead of the third and final Test against Australia.

"If he was in breach of any code of conduct, then surely the time to reprimand him would have been either on the spot, or immediately after the game.

"Now that the tour is completed, and the players and management have separated, I can't help but wonder whether the Lions actually have the power to sit in judgement at this late stage.

Controversial statements

"I would like to emphasise, however, that despite these concerns, Austin will attend any formal hearing should he be requested to do so."

Healey is facing a fine in the region of 3,000, similar to the one dished out to fellow Lion Matt Dawson.

The BBC Sport Online columnist was fined over controversial statements made in his newspaper column on the eve of the first Test.

The Lions management team have no power to invoke any international ban, leaving Healey free to be selected by Woodward for England's delayed Six Nations decider against Ireland at Lansdowne Road on 22 October.

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