Six Nations 2021: Peter O’Mahony receives three-match ban for red card against Wales

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Peter O'Mahony is sent off

Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony has been given a three-match ban for his red card offence in his side’s Six Nations defeat by Wales in Cardiff.

O’Mahony was dismissed by referee Wayne Barnes in the 14th minute of Sunday’s match for dangerous play.

The Munster captain, 31, became the first Ireland player to be sent off in the Six Nations.

O’Mahony will miss Ireland’s games with France, Italy and Scotland but will be available to face England on 20 March.

The Lions forward was sent off for leading with his forearm into the face of Tomas Francis as the Wales prop lay in a ruck.

O’Mahony appeared before an independent disciplinary committee on Tuesday.

The committee found the Ireland flanker’s actions amounted to “reckless contact with the head” and that the entry point was mid-range, which carries a six-week suspension.

However, the fact there were no off-field aggravating factors as well as the player’s previous record and conduct in the hearing led to O’Mahony receiving a 50% reduction of his sanction in mitigation.

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