Friday 20 October 2017

Dublin's Jason Whelan banned for eight weeks following bite investigation

Jason Whelan in action for his club Ballymun Kickhams
Jason Whelan in action for his club Ballymun Kickhams

Up-and-coming Dublin star Jason Whelan has received an eight-week ban following after the Leinster Council's investigation into an allegation of biting during their O'Byrne Cup clash with DCU a fortnight ago.

A statement from the council tonight gave details of the process: “At a meeting tonight, the Leinster Council GAA imposed a suspension of eight weeks on a Dublin player Jason Whelan, arising from incidents in the O’ Byrne Cup SF game - Dublin v DCU - played on Sunday, 12th January, 2014.

“The suspension was imposed in accordance with Rule 7.2 Category III (vii) - ‘inflicting injury recklessly’.

“The Dublin County Board and the player have indicated to the Leinster Council that they will accept the proposed sanction.”

The Ballymun Kickhams clubman, who was not in Dublin's All-Ireland winning panel last year, will miss the opening three games of the National League against Kerry, Westmeath and Cork.

Suspensions in provincial competitions remain time-based whereas at national level they are now imposed as match bans.

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