Armagh lose bid to get match bans overturned ahead of Monaghan match
Armagh will be without Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy and Kieran Toner for the Ulster SFC semi-final after they failed to get one-match bans overturned last night.
The bans were proposed after the pre-match brawl that marred their provincial quarter-final against Cavan in the Athletic Grounds two weeks ago.
It is understood that the charge against them was down-graded to 'rough play' at last night's appeal to the Central Hearings Committee which went on to close to midnight in Croke Park.
But their suspensions remain in place, which means the experienced trio will miss the Ulster semi-final against Monaghan on June 28.
Mallon and Donaghy are key men in the Orchard county's defence and Toner also started, at midfield, against Cavan.
Armagh, like Cavan, were also given a €5000 fine for the incident which saw players from both sides involved in an unseemly brawl which occurred when there was a row about where the teams should line up behind the band for the pre-match parade.
But Boylesport bookmakers have since offered to pay Armagh's fine and they accepted the offer.
Cavan's Martin Dunne and Fergal Flanagan were also given one-game bans for the same incident but they have not contested them and the Breffni Board has also not contested their fine.