IRFU hire Johnnie Cochran for Flannery defence

25 02 2010

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"Jerry, We can get you off, trust me"

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.

In my opinion, a 6-week ban was deserved and deemed to be a fair punishment for a tackle that could have resulted in serious injury. Flannery had pleaded guilty to the offence, the 6-week ban meant he would miss the rest of the 6-Nations tournament. By appealing the ban, the IRFU are risking that the ban could potentially be extended due to the cross-appeal that is automatically launched by the IRB to comply with European legislation.

Now, the Irish squad has plenty of depth, with Flannery’s number 2 jersey being filled by Ulster’s Rory Best, with Connaught’s Sean Cronin as 3rd choice, Munster, on the other hand, are facing quite a different story. Should Flannery’s ban be extended by one week, He will miss their Munster’s crucial Magners League match with Leinster on Good Friday. Should the band be extended by 2 weeks, he will miss the HEC quarter-final against Northampton.

Even Jesus can't bear to watch

In a radio interview today, Flannery refused to drawn on what the defence they intend to present at the appeal, he only stated that he had taken a blow to the head  90 seconds earlier and was dazed. This alone cannot form the basis of the appeal in my opinion. It’s far more likely that the IRFU have found a legal loophole that they intend to exploit to get Flannery off (Which in itself leads to some serious moral questions on the behaviour of the IRFU).

Either way I can’t see this ending well for Munster or Jerry Flannery. The appeal will be heard in London next Wednesday, The case will be heard by an independent appeal committee chaired by Judge Jeff Blackett, the disciplinary chief of England’s Rugby Football Union. Blackett will be assisted by Italy’s Marco Cordelli and Douglas Hunter of Scotland.

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4 responses

25 02 2010
Darren Bayliss

Just brilliant and i have to agree as we’ve discussed already i hope they have found some legal loophole because after listening to the radio interview today I’m very nervous this is going to backfire and Munster will be the ones to suffer in the long run not Ireland…

Darren

25 02 2010
ninetyninecall

You said it, only Munster and Jerry to suffer! Disasterous move.

26 02 2010
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