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Fergus McFadden suspended for six weeks for headbutt on Sean Reidy

Fergus McFadden
Fergus McFadden
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Leinster winger Fergus McFadden has been handed a six-week ban for his headbutt on Ulster flanker Sean Reidy in last Saturday's Guinness PRO14 match.

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The two players clashed early in the game at Kingspan Stadium, with McFadden appearing to made contact with Reidy's head with his own head in the fracas.

Although he went unpunished in the game, going on to score a try in the first half, McFadden was cited after the match and appeared in front of a disciplinary panel today.

At the hearing, McFadden was charged with the alleged infringement of Law 9.12 - a player must not physically abuse anyone.

The panel, consisting of Roddy MacLeod, Frank Hadden and Beth Dickens (all of Scotland), determined that McFadden was guilty of an act of foul play involving contact to the head.

In determining that the offence was both worthy of a red card and intention, the panel entered at the mid-range point of 10 weeks, but in taking into account McFadden's previous disciplinary record and good conduct, reduced the ban to six weeks.

That will see the winger miss the rest of Leinster's season, while the ban will be extended so that it covers only matchday weeks for both Leinster and Ireland, meaning he will be free to play again at midnight on Sunday, August 26.

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