John Hayes and Shaun Payne
John Hayes and Shaun Payne arriving at the IRFU Disciplinary hearing in Ravenhill
Hayes Suspended For Six Weeks
10 October 2009, 7:08 pm
By Pat Geraghty
Despite their acceptance that his action was unintentional an IRFU Disciplinary committee today handed John Hayes a six week suspension for the incident involving Cian Healy in the match against Leinster on Saturday evening in the RDS.
Hayes attended the hearing held in Ravenhill accompanied by team manager Shaun Payne and legal advisor Donal Spring, and afterwards in his statement issued through Payne, expressed his disappointment with the decision.

Payne's statement read "John regrets the incident happened at all. He has a long and unblemished professional rugby career spanning twelve seasons and would not be regarded by anybody including opponents as being a dirty player."

"He is very disappointed with the sanction, given that the committee accepted the action wasn't intentional yet decided the entry point for the offence to be at the higher range, the nine weeks reduced to six in mitigation."

The six week suspension will see him return on Saturday November 14th, the day before the International against Australia.

Munster will wait until they have received the written copy of the decision before deciding whether or not to appeal.

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