Flannery to be cited.

14 02 2010

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*** Please see latest update at bottom of this post ***

As I watched the Ireland-France game yesterday there was an incident which made me wince, No, it wasn’t when Cian Healy got yellow-carded for a professional foul on Morgan Parra, but a different incident, that went unpunished, a few minutes later.

France had Ireland on the rack, looked like scoring a try, Ball had broken loose around the middle of the field and flanker David Wallace had fumbled the awkwardly bouncing ball. French winger Alexis Palisson gathered, but not for long, as Jerry Flannery arrived with a very late challenge for the ball. The Irish hooker made no attempt to tackle Palisson, instead drew a wild kick across the player up-ending him.

It seems referee Wayne Barnes did not see the event nor the Touch Judge, who  only recommended that Flannery get a warning for not tackling with use of the arms/shoulder. In my opinion it was a yellow card at least. But it seems that Barnes may have chickened out of the decision as Ireland were already down to 14 men. This was a moment of utter madness from a very experienced player.

Flannery being cited will certainly mean the end of his participation in this years 6-Nations, possibly his ban will extend into the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup. This is very bad news for Flannery as he has just returned from a very long layoff due to injury.

The citing commissioner will be making a decision in the next 24hrs.

The slow-motion version of the video makes the incident look a lot worse than it actually was in my opinion. Here’s the slow-motion version from French TV (of course!)

>> Update 14:00 15th Feb: As expected, citing comissioner has called Flannery in front of disciplinary committee. Due to be held either Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Flannery is due to appear before a Six Nations independent disciplinary committee as a result of a citing arising from the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The citing lodged by the Independent Citing Commissioner for the match, Peter Brown (Scotland), is for an alleged kick on France winger Alexis Palisson in contravention of Law 10.4 (c).

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25 02 2010
IRFU hire Johnnie Cochran for Flannery defence « ninetyninecall – rugby

[…] Yes, I know that Johnnie Cochran is no longer with this world, but if ever there was a call for one of his slippery criminal defences, it’s now. Cochran was the defense lawyer involved in the acquittal of American NFL player OJ Simpson for the murder of his former wife and her friend back in 1994. This week the IRFU decided to launch an appeal for the 6-week ban that Jerry Flannery received following a wild tackle on France’s Alexis Palisson. […]

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