O’Connor banned for three weeks

Date published: October 15 2014

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Ulster lock Alan O’Connor received a three-week ban after he was found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Glasgow’s Mark Bennett.

Ulster lock Alan O’Connor received a three-week ban after he was found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Glasgow’s Mark Bennett in their Guinness Pro12 match at the weekend.

O’Connor appeared before an independent Pro12 rugby disciplinary committee on Wednesday following the citing complaint made against him.

The disciplinary committee, chaired by Roger Morris (Wales) along with Rhian Williams (Wales) and Dr Barry O’Driscoll (Ireland) reviewed the available footage and considered evidence of the injuries suffered by Bennett who was left unconscious.

The panel listened to representations made by and on behalf of the player and found that the incident was at the mid-range of the IRB sanctions for this type of offence.

He was initially banned for six-weeks in accordance to the laws, but In the absence of any aggravating factors and in light of several compelling mitigating factors, including the player’s exemplary previous playing record, the disciplinary committee applied a three-week reduction from the entry point and suspended the player from playing for three weeks.

O’Connor is free to resume playing from Monday, 3 November 2014 and has the right of appeal.

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