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McFadden Escapes Card For Apparent Headbutt On Sean Reidy

Fergus McFadden

Leinster winger Fergus McFadden could be cited in the aftermath of his side’s clash with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium after an apparent headbutt by the 32-year-old didn’t result in a card.

McFadden was involved in an incident off the ball with Ulster number eight Sean Reidy.

The two players were pushing and shoving off the ball in the first half of this evening’s clash until McFadden leaned into his opponent with his head.

After referee George Clancy and his TMO reviewed the incident, they both agreed that they couldn’t see the point of contact and as a result, a penalty but no card was issued against the Leinster man.

“From what I can see is that he’s leaned into his opponent in an aggressive manner but we can’t see exactly where he has made a connection…I think I’m going to restart with a penalty,” Clancy told his TMO.

When speaking to McFadden, Clancy said:

“You’ve come into contact with your opponent in an aggressive manner, we can’t see exactly where the contact is so it’s going to be a penalty against you.”

If Ulster supporters felt aggrieved due to the outcome of that incident, it would have stung that little bit more when McFadden crossed for Leinster’s second try at the end of the first half.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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