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Flannery Gets Six Week Suspension

Flannery Gets Six Week Suspension

Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery was today suspended for six weeks after a Six Nations disciplinary committee upheld the citing against him for kicking an opponent in the match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France last Saturday.

The independent disciplinary committee, chaired by Roger Morris (Wales), with Mike Hamlin and John Doubleday (both England), considered the evidence before them, including video of the incident and found that the offending had been reckless rather than deliberate and merited a mid-range sanction under IRB Regulation 17.

The committee also took account of the guilty plea by Jerry Flannery, who acknowledged at the outset that his action warranted a red card, together with the player’s remorse for the injury caused to France winger Alexis Palisson.

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Flannery is free to commence playing again on Monday, March 29 and has the right of appeal.

Following the decision of the disciplinary committee to suspend Flannery for six weeks, the IRFU and Ireland team management said they will wait to review the written judgement before considering any further possible action.