Tuesday 20 August 2019

Leinster's Fergus McFadden hit with six-week ban for head-butt on Ulster's Sean Reidy

Referee George Clancy speaks to Fergus McFadden of Leinster following incident with Sean Reidy
Referee George Clancy speaks to Fergus McFadden of Leinster following incident with Sean Reidy

Harry Clarke

Leinster's Fergus McFadden has been hit with a six-week ban for "an act of foul play involving contact to the head" of Ulster's Sean Reidy.

Referee George Clancy awarded a penalty after reviewing with the TMO but McFadden was hit with the ban following a hearing today.

"The Disciplinary Panel, comprising Roddy MacLeod, Frank Hadden and Beth Dickens (all Scotland), concluded that the player had committed an act of foul play involving contact to the head," read a statement.

While McFadden could have been punished with a lengthier ban, the committee "took into account the player's previous disciplinary record and his good conduct acceptance of culpability, his remorse and his engagement with the instant disciplinary process".

The ban rules McFadden out for the remainder of the season, including a Champions Cup final, and he is free to return on August 25.

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