Monday 26 September 2016

GAA confirm Diarmuid Connolly's match ban

Blow as Connolly appeal dismissed ahead of All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo

Published 02/09/2015 | 22:30

Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, leaves the pitch after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, leaves the pitch after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Dublin have been dealt a significant blow with the news that Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal against his proposed one match ban was dismissed by the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee (CHC) tonight.

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Reports had suggested the hearing wouldn’t go ahead until this evening but Dublin were in front of the committee to make their case last night.

Connolly was seen to strike Lee Keegan after the pair wrestled on the ground late in the game with Joe McQuillan sending Connolly off for the incident while only booking the Mayo man. Dublin must now decide whether they will take their case to the Central Appeals Committee.

However, it looks likely they will now be without one of their most influential players for Saturday’s replay with the Connacht champions. He top scored for Dublin in the drawn game with a personal tally of 1-2.

It means Connolly is the only player to face any sanction arising from the ill-tempered affair in Croke Park.

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