Fergus McFadden’s season over after six-week ban
Leinster player has been banned for act of foul play involving the head against Ulster
Ulster’s Darren Cave and Michael Lowry fail to stop Leinster’s Fergus McFadden from scoring a try. McFadden has been banned for six weeks following an incident in the same race. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
Fergus McFadden’s season has ended with a six week ban following a disciplinary hearing on Thursday via a video conference.
It means McFadden will miss out on Leinster’s European Champions Cup final against Saracens and their Pro 14 semi-final as well as any involvement he might have enjoyed in the first part of Ireland’s build up towards the World Cup in Japan beginning in September.
Ireland play warm up matches against Italy on August 10th and England in Twickenham on August 24th. If selected by Joe Schmidt McFadden would be available to play in Ireland’s match against Wales in Cardiff on August 31st and again against Wales in Dublin on September 7th.
It is a devastating blow to the player, who was cited following Leinster’s match against Ulster on April 27th. Reported by the Citing Commissioner McFadden was charged with the alleged infringement of Law 9.12 – a player must not physically abuse anyone.
In upholding the Citing Complaint, the Disciplinary Committee deemed that the offence merited a red card under Law 9.12 (Striking with head) and that the contact to the head was intentional with a mid-range entry point of 10 weeks.
However, the Committee took into account the Player’s previous disciplinary record and his good conduct acceptance of culpability, his remorse and his engagement with the instant disciplinary process (including at the hearing). It subsequently applied mitigation which reduced the ban to six weeks.
McFadden has the right to appeal the suspension.