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Published: 15:55 | 20/4/16

Three-week suspension for McFadden


Leinster's Fergus McFadden has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle on Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland.

McFadden escaped punishment for his high tackle on the Scottish winger in the 38th minute of Leinster's 30-23 Guinness PRO12 win at the RDS on Friday night, but he cited was by an independent citing commissioner for a dangerous tackle in contravention of law 10.4(e).

At an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, McFadden denied committing an act of foul play.

Having viewed video footage of the incident and listened to representations from and on behalf of the player, the panel, chaired by Simon Thomas, alongside Owain James and Roger Morris, ruled that McFadden had committed an act of foul play.

While the offence was deemed to be at the lower-end entry point based on World Rugby's, the panel added a week 'on account of an aggravating factor, namely the need for a deterrence to combat a pattern of offending'.

The punishment means McFadden will be suspended up to and including Sunday, May 22, which will rule him out of Leinster's Guinness PRO12 semi-final.

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