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Gallen cleared by NRL judiciary

10/08/2011 07:31:35 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen has been cleared to face Canterbury on Monday after successfully contesting his dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary.

Gallen was on Wednesday night found not guilty of a grade-one offence after the panel accepted as accidental an incident involving Gold Coast's Beau Henry in Saturday's 20-16 defeat by the Titans.

The NSW State of Origin captain collected Henry with his boot as the Titans five-eighth clung on to his leg in an attempt to slow down a play-the-ball.

Gallen, who has been charged 15 times by the match review committee in a 10-season career, was facing a one-match ban but did not risk an increased suspension by contesting the charge.

He would also have missed one week with an early guilty plea.

He was relieved after the hearing but felt he was unlucky to have been charged in the first place after Canberra's Josh Dugan escaped being cited for a similar incident involving Newcastle's Matt Hilder.

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