Rugby star Rufus McLean has been sacked by the Glasgow Warriors for abuse

Rufus McLean

Rufus McLean admitted physical and emotional abuse (Image: Ross MacDonald/SNS Group)

A Scottish rugby union star’s career is in tatters after he admitted to subjecting his girlfriend to a two-year domestic violence ordeal.

Rufus McLean, 22, struck the 21-year-old twice trying to control where she was going, who she was seeing and what she was wearing, a court heard.

The Glasgow Warriors winger also demanded to know the passwords to her social media accounts and to connect a device to her phone to track her whereabouts.

He now faces disciplinary action and was suspended by the club after pleading guilty in Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court.

His behavior was described as “emotionally abusive and controlling” by his partner.

She told the court McLean was “offended” by what she wore in a post while on vacation in Spain in 2019.

Rufus McLean leaves Edinburgh Sheriff Court

McLean was controlling and violent towards his girlfriend (Image: Callum Moffat/Media Scotland)

After seeing her online with an ex in March 2020, he got angry and punched her in the chest, causing her to fall. The police were called and the court heard.

Ten months later, McLean – crowned three times by Scotland – shoved her into her Glasgow flat, resulting in her suffering a split lip and a black eye.

His lawyer, Iain Smith, told the court his player’s contract could be terminated, which would “end his career”. McLean will be sentenced next month.

Glasgow Warriors said: “We do not condone abuse of any kind. A club disciplinary hearing will be held this week.

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