HAWKS defender Ed Harris has branded claims he bit a Chelmsford City opponent ‘ridiculous’.
Harris is furious he is being accused of such a serious offence during his side’s 1-0 win in Essex on Saturday.
The centre-back was sent off, along with home defender Mark Haines, after 15 minutes of the Vanarama Conference South encounter.
In an off-the-ball incident, the two players wrestled each other to the ground just inside the Hawks penalty area.
It was then the Chelmsford man alleged Harris bit him.
The Westleigh Park player insists he was the innocent party in the affair.
The idea that I bit him is a ridiculous comment.Ed Harris
Harris said: ‘He got me in a headlock, swung me to the ground and trapped my head underneath his body.
‘I was the one with my faced pressed into the grass and mud.
‘I managed to wriggle free and push him away.
‘The idea that I bit him is a ridiculous comment.
‘There is no way I would ever contemplate doing anything as serious as that.
‘Anyone who knows me will know that I am not capable of doing it.’
Harris now faces missing the final two games of the season for his side.
Manager Lee Bradbury is backing his player, however, and appealing against his red card.
Bradbury said: ‘I asked Ed straight out whether he had bitten their player.
‘He said he didn’t and I believe him.
‘I have studied the video footage and don’t see why our player should be punished when he was dragged to the floor.
‘It is out of character for Ed to get involved in a fracas like that. He is competitive but would never bite anyone.’