Controversy as Israel Folau is sent off after Irish opponent's head is slammed ...

Australia's narrow loss to Ireland in the Lansdowne Cup has been shrouded in controversy, with Israel Folau contentiously sin-binned and a dubious last minute referee decision.     

The Aussies and Irish were neck-and-neck in the 30th minute of the match at Sydney's Allianz Stadium on Saturday, with both teams sitting on six points.

The game took a sudden turn when Folau went in for a mid-air tackle on Ireland's Peter O'Mahony.

A match official's contentious decision in the Australia-Ireland game has sparked controversy, as Wallabies player Israel Folau (pictured) was sin-binned over a problematic tackle

A match official's contentious decision in the Australia-Ireland game has sparked controversy, as Wallabies player Israel Folau (pictured) was sin-binned over a problematic tackle

Folau appeared to knock Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony as both players went for the ball, resulting in the Wallaby being issued a yellow card and sent to the sin-bin

Folau appeared to knock Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony as both players went for the ball, resulting in the Wallaby being issued a yellow card and sent to the sin-bin

As both players jumped for the ball, an airborne collision caused O'Mahony to flip backwards and land on his head.

The worrying incident resulted in the Irish flanker being carted off the field on a stretcher - and when a television match official reviewed the collision, Folau was handed a yellow card and sent to the sin-bin for ten minutes.

Not everyone agreed

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