Albury star Chris Hyde cleared by league investigation

INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: Albury's Chris Hyde has been cleared by a league investigation following an incident with Myrtleford spectator Pat Sullivan on May 27.

INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: Albury's Chris Hyde has been cleared by a league investigation following an incident with Myrtleford spectator Pat Sullivan on May 27.

Albury star Chris Hyde has been cleared after a league investigation.

The investigation officer found there was insufficent evidence to bring a charge of unbecoming conduct against either Hyde or Myrtleford spectator Pat Sullivan, who plays for the Saints, but was out injured.

“The League is comfortable with the decision reached by the investigation officer,” a statement said.

“As previously stated, any contact between a player and a member of the crowd needs to be reviewed and the League felt this incident required an investigation to determine whether either party had a case to answer at the Tribunal.”

Hyde is a leading contender for the Morris Medal.

The 34-year-old midfielder has been in scintillating form in the Tigers’ surge to top spot.

Hyde has never won the league’s top award, despite being one of the league’s best players since arriving from Richmond in late 2008.

He also has the chance to win a record-equalling seventh premiership, held by former Wangaratta’ Rovers’ forward Steve Norman.

Hyde made his debut for the O and M last month and was one of the better players during the crucial final-term fightback against Goulburn Valley.

The league has a series of crackerjack matches in the second half of the season, but no moreso than Albury’s away clash against Wangaratta on Saturday.

Albury has a one-game break on the Pies in the top of the table match.

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