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Ulster back Will Addison cited for incident in Clermont victory

Ulster's Will Addison collides with Clermont lock Paul Jedrasiak in their clash at Kingspan Stadium on Friday (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Ulster's Will Addison collides with Clermont lock Paul Jedrasiak in their clash at Kingspan Stadium on Friday (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ulster utility back Will Addison will go before a Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday afternoon after being cited during the province's win over Clermont Auvergne last Friday.

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Addison is cited for allegedly committing an act of foul play against Clermont lock Paul Jedrasiak in the Heineken Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium.

The act, which occurred in the 31st minute of the game, saw Addison tackle Jedrasiak in what citing commissioner John Byett has described as "a dangerous manner".

At the time, Clermont were trying to break away off turnover ball and were moving the ball along the line when Addison hit Jedrasiak with a massive tackle.

Further replays showed that, while the tackle was not high and did see the Ulsterman wrap his arms, there was contact between Addison's head and the jaw of Jedrasiak.

The collision forced the Clermont man off through injury, while Addison played on for the remainder of the game as Ulster held on to win 18-13.

During the game, the TMO said that Addison "did everything he could" to avoid a collision with Jedrasiak's head and that the French lock was "dipping" into the tackle.

On commentary, BT Sport analyst, and former Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions flanker, Stephen Ferris said: "That's high. That's a high tackle for me, that's head to head. In my opinion, the tackle was too high from Will Addison."

Ex-England and Harlequins winger Ugo Monye added: "I would have liked to take another look at it. When you see big lumps like him go off like that, you'd like to have another look."

Antony Davies (England, chairman), Val Toma (Romania) and Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing, which will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

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