Racing: Swift inquiry over fight

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KIERAN FALLON, who pulled fellow jockey Stuart Webster from his horse at Beverley on Wednesday, could face a charge of bringing racing into disrepute when he comes before the disciplinary committee of the Jockey Club. His appearance at Portman Square, which could result in a ban of up to three months, might be as soon as next week.

David Pipe, the Jockey Club's director of public affairs, said: 'It looked a serious incident, and while I wouldn't like to double guess the disciplinary stewards, they may choose to proceed in the offence of bringing racing into disrepute. We hope to have the inquiry sooner rather than later, possibly next week.'

After the incident on the track, Fallon and Webster were involved in a fracas in the weighing room in which Webster claims his nose was broken. Yesterday, the pair provided rather different accounts of what took place.

Webster said: 'I think that he just dislikes me and in view of that I normally steer clear of him in the weighing room. But after the race I walked into the weighing room with my saddle over my arms and was head-butted and kicked.'

'I was only defending myself,' Fallon said. 'It was wrong that I pushed him off. I acted on the spur of the moment.'