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Simon Zebo has been cleared by a United Rugby Championship disciplinary panel to play for Munster in their Heineken Champions Cup game away to Castres.

The winger was sent-off in last weekend's 18-13 URC win over Ulster at Thomond Park for a challenge on Michael Lowry.

Zebo appeared in front of a disciplinary panel via videoconference on Wednesday, who exonerated him of any wrongdoing.

Upon reviewing video evidence, they found that the tackle on Lowry was completed by Munster out-half Jack Crowley with Zebo "only making minimal contact whilst wrapping his left arm".

As a result of their findings, Munster will travel to the Stade Pierre-Fabre with Zebo in tow for the Pool B clash.

URC statement: 

A Disciplinary Panel met today (Wednesday, January 12) to consider the red card against Simon Zebo (No 11) of Munster Rugby which occurred against Ulster Rugby on Saturday, January 8.

The Player received a red card under Law 9.13 – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.

The Disciplinary Panel of Declan Goodwin (Chair, Wales), Frank Hadden and Sarah Smith (both Scotland) considered all of the evidence and camera angles available and concluded that the Player’s actions did not result in foul play.

In particular, on detailed examination of the video evidence, the Panel determined that it was No 10 of Munster Rugby who completes the tackle on Michael Lowry (No 15) of Ulster Rugby, with Simon Zebo only making minimal contact whilst wrapping his left arm.

As a result, the player is free to continue playing this weekend.

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