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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 18:14 GMT
Cuddy calls for citing
Brett Sinkinson
Sinkinson's stamp went unpunished in the game
Neath's chief executive Mike Cuddy believes Peter Stringer should be cited following the WRU's decision to hand Brett Sinkinson a six-match ban.

Sinkinson was cited by Munster after stamping on Ronan O'Gara in the Celtic League final at the Millennium Stadium on 1 February.

The suspension starts immediately, ruling him out of Saturday's Principality Cup seventh-round tie against Glamorgan Wanderers.

Commenting on the matter Cuddy stated: "We are extremely disappointed that Munster decided to take this course of action, and particularly with the manner in which they cited our player at the last minute.

"There were far worse instances than Brett Sinkinson's performed during the match by Munster players.

"We will be compiling a video which will be sent to Munster and the Irish Rugby Union, together with a request that they do the decent thing and give the players highlighted at the very least suspensions equivalent to that imposed on Brett."

Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer
Stringer in action during the Celtic League Final

Indeed, Cuddy hopes that the evidence will highlight the actions of Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer.

"We feel that Peter Stringer should not be allowed to take part in the Six Nations and European Cup quarter final.

"We did not want to get into a citing battle with Munster, but the manner in which Munster cited at the last minute was disappointing to say the least," Cuddy added.

"Relations between Munster and Neath have been soured, and will be even more strained if they do nothing in respect of their player's actions. They must not be seen to condone this behaviour.

"We did not want to pursue these matters further as we acknowledge that Munster were the better side on the day and it could have looked like sour grapes on our behalf. All in all this matter has left a bitter taste in the mouth."


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