Turnover time for CHC
The Central Hearings Committee have overturned five referees' decisions in recent weeks.
JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)
Game: Kilkenny v Cork (NHL, Feb 20)
Offence: Delaney was sent off on a second yellow card.
Proposed suspension: None, but Delaney felt he had been wrongly dismissed.
CHC verdict: The second yellow card was justified but the first was not -- therefore he shouldn't have been sent off. His record was amended accordingly.
Cormac McGuinness (Meath)
Game: Meath v Sligo (NFL, Feb 20)
Offence: Sent off on a second yellow card.
Proposed suspension: None but McGuinness didn't want the sending-off to stand.
CHC verdict: As with Delaney, they found that the first yellow card wasn't justified so he should not have been dismissed when he incurred the second one.
Danny O'Callaghan (Crossmaglen Rangers)
Game: Crossmaglen v Kilmacud Crokes (All-Ireland club SF semi-final, Feb 27)
Offence: He was reported for "striking with the knee".
Proposed suspension: Four weeks.
CHC verdict: O'Callaghan was deemed guilty of the less serious offence "to push an opponent with the hands" for which a caution, rather than a red card, should have been issued. He was cleared to play in the All-Ireland final.
Kevin Nolan (Kilmacud Crokes)
Game: Kilmacud v Crossmaglen Rangers (All-Ireland club SF semi-final, Feb 27)
Offence: He was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
Proposed suspension: None. However, Nolan sought to have the second yellow card rescinded on the basis that he hadn't committed the alleged offence.
CHC verdict: They agreed with Nolan's claim that the offence, as reported, had not occurred. His disciplinary record was amended accordingly.
Davy Fitzgerald (Waterford manager)
Game: Waterford v Tipperary (NHL, March 5)
Offence: Fitzgerald was reported for "abusive language towards a referee" and "threatening language towards a referee".
Proposed suspension: 12 weeks.
CHC verdict: Fitzgerald was banned for four weeks on the "abusive language" charge. The CHC noted that "without setting aside the contents of the referee's report, the committee did not find the infraction of 'threatening language towards a referee' was proven."