YORK Knights have been left breathing a sigh of relief after Ata Hingano was cleared at tribunal.

The Tongan playmaker - and the Knights' last recognised half-back standing - had been handed a Grade E head contact charge following their 40-18 triumph against Halifax Panthers a fortnight ago.

If found guilty at this evening's tribunal, the 27-year-old could have served as much as a five-match suspension.

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In a statement, the RFL Match Review Panel confirmed: "The independent Operational Rules Tribunal has found Ata Hingano of York Knights not guilty of a Grade E high tackle charge arising from the Betfred Championship fixture against Halifax Panthers on May 19."

Hingano, since being switched from loose forward into the halves, has been integral in the Knights' upturn of form, something they will hope to continue into Sunday's home clash with Widnes Vikings (3pm).