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IRFU Sanction Sean O’Brien Over Pub Incident [Report]

Sean O'Brien

The IRFU have sanctioned Sean O’Brien due to an “incident of inappropriate behaviour” following Leinster’s PRO14 title win against the Glasgow Warriors. 

The Irish Independent reports that O’Brien urinated on a member of the public in a pub in Dublin the day after Leinster clinched the title at Celtic Park.

“The IRFU have investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a player which occurred on 26th May 2019,” a statement to the Irish Independent read.

“The player has expressed his deep regret and has been sanctioned in line with the provisions of his contract. The player has apologised to the individual involved. The IRFU, and the player, regret any upset that this incident has caused.”

Sean O'Brien

O’Brien is currently recovering from a hip problem which has ruled him out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He is set to join Gallagher Premiership side London Irish for the 2019/2020 season.

The incident followed another on the same weekend when it was alleged that a Leinster Academy player was knocked unconscious by a former player who was in Ireland to attend the 10-year anniversary celebrations of the province’s first Heineken Cup in 2009.

Leinster’s issued a statement on the matter:

“An internal investigation was carried out by Leinster Rugby, which has concluded to the satisfaction of all parties and as a result, we will not be making any further comment on the incident other than to confirm that the player in question received medical attention and that he has made a full recovery.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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