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Italy's Ghiraldini cited

Published 04/10/2011

Leonardo Ghiraldini
Leonardo Ghiraldini

Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini has been cited for attempting to gouge the eyes of Ireland prop Cian Healy at Otago Stadium on Sunday.

Ghiraldini will face a disciplinary hearing in Auckland at 4am BST on Wednesday for the incident that took place in the first half of Italy's 36-6 defeat.

He has been charged with making contact with the eyes or the eye area and acts contrary to good sportsmanship.

The flashpoint was missed by referee Jonathan Kaplan, but provoked a furious reaction from Healy.

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