British and Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg has denied biting Willie Le Roux in Saturday’s 27-9 loss to South Africa.
Hogg’s head made contact with Le Roux’s left arm as anger heated up in the second half of a hectic second test at Cape Town Stadium.
Images and stills of the incident have been posted on social media, but the Scottish captain dismisses claims he bit his counterpart.
“As a result of the speculation that has surfaced online, I would like to categorically deny any foul play in last night’s game,” Hogg said in a statement released by the Lions.
“I would never bite an opponent and I am annoyed and upset by this baseless accusation. I have always been proud to play rugby in the spirit of the game.
“Respect to the Springboks for their deserved victory yesterday. The team is suffering after the loss last night, but everything is to be played for next week. It will be a cup final and everyone will be ready for it.
Bites are severely dealt with by rugby courts and carry a minimum sentence of a 12 week ban, up to more than 24 weeks for serious offenses. The maximum period of suspension is 208 weeks.
It is considered alongside seizure of the testicles and pulling out of the eyes for the duration of the sanction, with only physical abuse or threatening words or actions towards match officials being considered more serious offenses.