Antrim turn to barrister Brolly to spearhead appeal of 48-week suspension
Antrim are to turn to barrister Joe Brolly to spearhead their appeal against the 48-week suspension handed down to county footballer Matthew Fitzpatrick for allegedly giving false evidence and misleading a hearing.
Fitzpatrick had already twice avoided one-match bans proposed by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) for the incident in their March Division 3 league match against Armagh but has been charged with a much more serious offence arising out of his third trip to face the Central Hearings Committee (CHC).
Antrim joint-manager Frank Fitzsimons and selector Pat Hughes, who accompanied him to the latest hearing on Monday night, were warned about their future conduct arising out of evidence given at that hearing.
Fitzpatrick has been suspended under rule 7.33 (aa) (4) of the Official Guide which punishes any member found by the CHC to have given deliberately false evidence, whether orally or in writing, or to have deliberately misled any hearing, with a 48-week ban.
Original video footage could not conclusively determine if Fitzpatrick was the player the CCCC sought to identify, even though he had been named by an Antrim official, but fresh evidence is believed to have made it possible on the third occasion.
Fitzpatrick is currently suspended for Antrim's Ulster SFC opener against Donegal in Ballybofey.
Meanwhile, Tipperary hurler Jason Forde has lost his appeal against a one-match ban arising out of the Nowlan Park incident with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald during last month's Allianz League semi-final.
Forde originally had a two-match ban reduced to one on a different charge of contributing to a melee.
However, the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night ruled that the suspension should be upheld. Forde is unlikely to take a case to the Disputes Resolution Authority.