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Fergus McFadden To Miss Rest Of The Season After Headbutt Ban

Fergus McFadden will miss the remainder of the season after the Leinster winger picked up a six-week ban for striking Ulster’s Sean Reidy with his head during their recent Guinness PRO14 clash in Belfast at the weekend. 

Referee George Clancy reviewed the incident with his TMO at the time but because he couldn’t see the point of contact on the replay, only a penalty was given against him.

McFadden was originally issued a 10-week ban but due to his previous disciplinary record and his good conduct, acceptance of culpability, his remorse and his engagement with the instant disciplinary process, the ban was reduced to six weeks.

Fergus McFadden ban

To ensure the six-week ban accounts for meaningful matches played by Leinster Rugby and Irish Rugby, the player will be free to play from midnight on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

You can find the full statement from the PRO14 below:

Fergus McFadden of Leinster Rugby faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via a video conference and has been banned for six weeks.

A Disciplinary Panel convened in Edinburgh, Scotland to consider the citing against the player resulting from the Round 21 fixture against Ulster Rugby on April 27, 2019.

The player was reported by the Citing Commissioner in charge for alleged infringement of Law 9.12 – A player must not physically abuse anyone.

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.

In upholding the Citing Complaint, the Disciplinary Committee deemed that the offence merited a red card under Law 9.12 (Striking with head) and that the contact to the head was intentional with a mid-range entry point of 10 weeks.

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 (including at the hearing) and applied mitigation which reduced the ban to six weeks.

To ensure the six-week ban accounts for meaningful matches played by Leinster Rugby and Irish Rugby, the player will be free to play from midnight on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The Player was reminded of his right to appeal.

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