Wednesday 26 September 2018

McFadden hit with three-week suspension

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden.
Leinster’s Fergus McFadden.

Leinster are not likely to appeal over the three-week suspension handed down to Fergus McFadden.

The outcome means the wing/centre will miss out on last the two regular season matches and the PRO12 League semi-final because the sentence excludes European weeks when the club is idle.

He was found guilty of "recklessly carrying out a high and dangerous tackle" on Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland last Friday night.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Simon Thomas, considered all of the evidence available before finding McFadden had committed an act in line with "a lower-end entry point" which carries a two-week sanction.

The Committee saw fit to add an extra week on top for "an aggravating factor, namely the need to for a deterrence to combat a pattern of offending".

In more simple terms, it is an additional slap in the wrists for the fact McFadden had already picked up two yellow cards this season as well as having a stamp on Nathan White posthumously upgraded to a red card offence on foot of a citing.

From the previous incident on St Stephen's Day, McFadden was handed a five-week suspension that was reduced to three after consideration of his acknowledgement of the offence against White and his previous good behaviour.

Consequently, it is unlikely the Ireland international will find a sympathetic ear were he to pursue an appeal.

As it stands, he will be free to return to action from Monday, May 23.

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