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Ireland rugby star Sean O’Brien punished for pub incident

Regret: Sean O’Brien
Regret: Sean O’Brien

By Brendan Fanning

Ireland rugby international Sean O’Brien has been sanctioned by the IRFU for urinating on a man in a Dublin bar last month.

O’Brien is said to have “expressed his deep regret” and apologised for the incident involving a member of the public, which occurred in a packed pub the day after Leinster’s win over Glasgow in the Guinness Pro 14 final.

An IRFU spokesman said: “The IRFU has investigated an incident of inappropriate behaviour by a player which occurred on May 26, 2019.

“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.”

No further details were given of the sanction.

O’Brien, who is due to move to London Irish next season, was among members of the Leinster squad celebrating their end-of-season success.

The team had lifted the Guinness Pro 14 trophy the previous day, as well as reaching the final of the European Champions Cup. Details of the incident were shared widely on social media.

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