Spanish player Jonathan García is free to play after he was cited following his side's match against Canada on Saturday.

The prop appeared at a hearing on Monday, 18 November before independent Judicial Officer David Martin (Ireland) having been cited for alleged foul play (striking an opponent) during the international match in Madrid.

García accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but argued that it was a push rather than a strike and that it did not warrant a red card. Mr Martin received evidence from the player, the match officials and Canadian team management in addition to reviewing all angles of the footage and hearing submissions from the player.  

He concluded that there had been an act of foul play but accepted that it was a push rather than a strike which did not meet the red card threshold.

Jonathan García is therefore free to play immediately.

The full written decision will appear here when available.