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Paul O'Connell will not be cited over kick to Dave Kearney's head at Thomond Park

Updated: Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 11:58 | Comments

Paul O'Connell will not be cited following his kick to the head of Dave Kearney
Paul O'Connell will not be cited following his kick to the head of Dave Kearney

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By Tadhg Peavoy

Munster's Paul O'Connell will not be cited for kicking Dave Kearney in the head during Saturday's match against Leinster at Thomond Park.

Leinster recorded a 22-16 victory over Munster in the RaboDirect Pro12 encounter.

Following analysis of video footage of the encounter, it was deemed that the incident was a result of carelessness and was not intentional, and therefore not a red card offence.

The verdict achieved on examining the video footage was that O'Connell's shin came into contact with Kearney's head, but that his foot made contact with the ball, meaning the incident was not an insidious act of foul play.

The incident occurred in the 62nd minute of the clash in Limerick, when O'Connell attempted to kick the ball from Kearney's grasp and caught the winger's head with his leg as he attempted to do so.

Kearney was left motionless on the turf following the incident and had to be stretchered from the field of play.

The winger spent Saturday night in hospital with concussion, having been technically knocked out, and was said to be in serious discomfort.

He was discharged on Sunday and will be put through the concussion protocols to determine whether or not he will be fit to feature for Leinster against Zebre in the PRO12 this Sunday.

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