Henderson free to play this weekend; committee rules red card not warranted

Henderson free to play this weekend; committee rules red card not warranted

Ulster’s Iain Henderson is free to take part in the final round of the PRO12 this weekend, after a disciplinary committee decided not to impose any sanctions on the player, who was sent off during their match against Munster last Saturday.

Iain Henderson was shown a red card against Munster on May 9.

The back row forward appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, following the red card he received for striking with the head in the Guinness PRO12 match against Munster at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on Saturday May 9.

The Disciplinary Committee viewed the footage of the incident and listened to representations by and on behalf of Mr Henderson. They decided that the act did not warrant a red card.

Having viewed the incident in close-up (which the match referee had not been able to do at the time), the Disciplinary Committee concluded that the player's initial contact with his opponent had not in fact been with his head but with his arm.

The Disciplinary Committee imposed no sanction on the player, who is free to resume playing immediately.

Ulster travel to Scotland this weekend, to face Glasgow at Scotstoun Stadium in the final Round of the PRO12 on Saturday.

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