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St George Illawarra front rower Luke Bailey and Newcastle forward Josh Perry have been cited to appear before the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night following allegations of biting against Bailey.
In last Friday's NRL match, Perry claimed that that he was bitten on the forearm by Bailey but withdrew the allegation moments later. Bailey has denied any deliberate action. Referee Paul Simpkins, who initially missed the incident, asked Perry if he wanted to report the matter to which Perry replied 'no' on two occasions. Simpkins still elected to place it on report.
Perry stressed that he didnt mean to make an issue of the incident and apologised to Bailey after the match.
NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall however, has referred the matter to be heard on Wednesday night. The charge is without grading and it will be up to the judiciary panel to decide the punishment should Bailey be found guilty. The panel will be viewing front-on video footage not seen on TV during the match which clearly shows Bailey's mouth coming into contact with Perry's forearm.
Perry will be giving evidence after being informed that refusal to do so may see him being charged with contrary conduct.
Dragons coach Andrew Farrar today expressed surprise at receiving the charge sheet and said that the Dragons would be defending Bailey.