Connacht’s McCarthy banned for two weeks

Mike McCarthy of Connacht has been banned for two weeks for his dangerous tackle on Vincent Clerc during their Heineken Cup Pool C against Toulouse last weekend.

The Connacht No 6 received a yellow card at the time of the incident for a dangerous tackle on the Toulouse and France winger. After the game a complaint was made by the citing commissioner Bruce Reece-Russel of England into the tackle.

At the disciplinary meeting today McCarthy accepted that the high tackle was an act of dangerous play, however he denies that the tackle warranted a red card.

After hearing testimony from both parties The Independent Judicial Officer, Roger Morris of Wales handed down the ban , which is at the low end of bans for a dangerous tackle.

McCarthy will be available to play on Thursday, 8 December 2011. Both McCarthy and the ERC can appeal the decision.



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