ONE of two Kilcoo players investigated after a Crossmaglen player alleged he had been racially abused during the Ulster club football final has been cleared after he lodged a successful appeal.
And the other – Down senior defender Aidan Branagan – has had his proposed suspension of six months reduced to four by the same Ulster Council disciplinary sub-committee and could yet take his appeal further.
Ulster Council instigated a special investigation into the match on December 2 after Crossmaglen's Aaron Cunningham alleged that he had been racially abused during the provincial club final in which they beat the Down champions.
The initial probe investigated two Kilcoo players under the 'bringing the Association into disrepute' rule and recommended that they get suspensions of six and four months respectively.
But the Ulster Hearings Committee, which heard their appeals, has cleared one of them completely and knocked a third off the six-month suspension initially proposed for Branagan.
The Irish Independent also understands that, in the course of their investigation, Ulster Council has also asked the Kilcoo club to identify a supporter who is alleged to have verbally abused Cunningham from the terraces and that this matter is still in train.