Peter O’Mahony has been banned for three Six Nations matches following his red card in Ireland’s defeat to Wales. O’Mahony appeared before an independent disciplinary committee on Tuesday, where he admitted an act of dangerous play which merited a red card.
“As the conduct involved contact with the head, although noting that no injury was suffered by the Wales No 3 (Francis), the committee determined that the entry point was mid-range, which for this offence is six weeks.” A Six Nations statement read. “It was accepted that there were no off-field aggravating factors, and the disciplinary committee concluded after careful consideration of the player’s record and conduct in the hearing, that the player was entitled to a 50 per cent reduction of sanction in mitigation.”
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said after Sunday’s defeat that O’Mahony was “gutted” by his error of judgement. “Guys don’t do these things on purpose,” said Farrell. “It hampers the team and Pete’s hurting at this moment in time.”