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Last Updated:  Monday, 24 February, 2003, 21:55 GMT
Johnson gets Cup clearance
Johnson did not attend the hearing in Leeds
Johnson did not attend Monday's hearing in Leeds
England and Leicester captain Martin Johnson has been cleared to play in Saturday's Powergen Cup semi-final against Gloucester.

The Tigers lock is free to play after winning one of his appeals against the yellow cards he received in successive matches earlier this month.

Johnson's appeal against the yellow card he received for deliberately collapsing a maul against Bath on 1 February was upheld.

But an appeal against the card he received for deliberately impeding a player against Bristol on 8 February was dismissed.

Johnson did not appear in person at the Rugby Football Union hearing held in Leeds but was represented by his club's director of rugby Dean Richards.

Johnson was also shown a yellow card in the Powergen Cup clash with Worcester in December.

If he receives another before next Christmas, he will receive an automatic one-match ban under the "three cards in a calendar year" totting-up procedure.

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