Leinster ace in the clear
Published 23/09/2010 | 05:00
THERE was relief for Leinster last night when Sean O'Brien was found not guilty of making illegal contact with the eye of a Treviso player following an incident in last weekend's defeat in Italy, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.
The Carlow man faced a lengthy ban if he was found guilty but, at an IRFU hearing in Belfast, O'Brien was cleared of any wrongdoing and is free to continue playing.
The back-rower was cited under law 10.4 (l) for allegedly making contact with the eye area of a Treviso player in the 62nd minute of the game.
The hearing took place in the Ulster Branch offices, Ravenhill, yesterday, before a panel chaired by Harry McKibbin, who was assisted by Stephen Hilditch and Neil Jackson.
The panel viewed a recording of the incident and heard from O'Brien and his representatives, as well as from Treviso director of rugby Vittorio Munari via telephone link.
The panel was satisfied that there had been no deliberate contact with the eye area, no injury whatsoever sustained and no player reaction was observed.
O'Brien was found not guilty and cleared to play.
Leinster face Edinburgh in Murrayfield tomorrow night when they will be seeking their second Magners League victory from four outings.