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Jamie Vardy having another party, Dylan Hartley's suspension and gender quotas in sport - It's Comments of the Week

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JAMIE VARDY STUNNED Premier League followers last weekend, with a hat-trick against title contenders Man City to bring their run of dismal form to a stop. Elsewhere, Dylan Hartley was handed a six-week ban for striking Leinster’s Sean O’Brien and the reaction was largely critical.

The proposed introduction of gender quotas on sporting bodies sparked a lot of debate and the dates for Ireland’s upcoming Test matches against Japan were finalised.

Here’s what you had to say.

Northampton Saints v Leinster Rugby - European Champions Cup - Franklin's Gardens Dylan Hartley receiving his marching orders in the Champions Cup clash between Northampton Saints and Leinster. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Gary Sheehan is feeling sceptical about the length of the ban issued to England skipper Dylan Hartley.

I’m sure this is the ban that will make him see the error of his ways and work on his discipline…..

Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Ed W had this to say in reaction to the prospect of a 30% gender quota being introduced to sporting bodies from next year on.

Why do women’s products prefer to spend millions paying Hollywood stars for adverts rather than sponsoring women’s sports. The reason women’s sports don’t get the sponsorship is that advertisers don’t perceive there been value in it. Unless that changes women’s sports will be subsidised by mens sports sponsorship.

Conor Murray celebrates with Paddy Jackson Ireland are travelling over to face Japan next year. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Ireland are scheduled to play Japan in two Test matches next June. Here’s what Kieran O’Callaghan had to say about the upcoming tour.

We’re just playing Japan for the sake of it…………………..

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League - King Power Stadium Jamie Vardy hit the net three times last weekend. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

After netting his hat-trick last week, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy responded to comments made by TV pundit Michael Owen regarding Vardy’s reliance on luck for goals. Fran Heavey had this to say about Michael Owen’s criticisms.

Ah here……Michael Owen is getting paid to spout the drivel he is as a TV pundit……..and he thinks Jamie Vardy is lucky?

Brian McGuigan Brian McGuigan in action for Tyrone. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Former Tyrone footballer Brian McGuigan retired from the club earlier this week with a view to taking up management. Frank Mullen paid tribute to the three-time All-Ireland winner.

So unlucky with injuries.. but what a player

Joseph Duffy Joseph Duffy makes his return to the UFC next year. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

UFC’s Joseph Duffy will make his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 108 next March. Aaron Buckley had high praises for Duffy.

After McGregor, Duffy is by some distance our most accomplished fighter. If he defeats this guy I’d love to see him call out a top 10 name and try get a bigger fight.If he’s not up for that malarkey as he says then Bellator tbh is prob better suited to him.He will be a bigger fish in a smaller pond then and Bellator will do the promoting for him

Slaughtneil's players celebrate winning Slaughtneil are preparing for two All-Ireland club semi-finals next year. Source: Presseye//INPHO

Ulster double champions have appealed to the GAA to revise the fixture structures ahead of the All-Ireland club semi-finals next year. Ryan O’Sullivan had this to say on the matter.

They have to give them a two week break that’s impressive to have both codes in the semi final

Simon Zebo with Andrew Conway Munster face Leicester Tigers tomorrow afternoon. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Munster are sticking with the team that prevailed last weekend, when they face Leicester Tigers tomorrow in their next Champions Cup fixture. John Geary feels that Munster are on the cups of a great opportunity.

Leicester there for the taking… huge opportunity to get the away win & set us up to qualify. Trips to Paris & Glasgow going to be very tough with 3 consecutive HC games in Jan..

Wasps v Exeter Chiefs - European Champions Cup - Quarter Final - Ricoh Arena Source: PA Archive/PA Images

An Argentinian rugby player has been banned for three years following an off the ball hit on a female referee during a league game in Italy. Dave O’Shaughnessy was not impressed with the player’s conduct.

He should have been arrested and charged with assault – that kind of sneaky, cowardly hit, from behind, could have done irreparable damage to her spine or neck.

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