Wednesday 26 April 2017

Cork to appeal CHC decision

Cork are expected to appeal the Central Hearings Committee's decision to make them play their next home Allianz NFL match away, as punishment for the fracas in their first-round fixture with Armagh at the Morgan Athletic Grounds.

The Central Competitions Controls Committee originally hit Cork County Board with a proposed €5,000 fine.

But despite what happened Monaghan for a similar altercation in their NFL match against Kildare -- they too lost home advantage for their next league match against Louth -- Cork went ahead and sought a hearing, but are now paying the same penalty. Armagh followed Kildare who earlier in the week withdrew a hearing request after learning Monaghan's fate.

Cork must now play their next home league match away to Laois in Portlaoise, a decision which will probably cost more than the €5,000 fine when gate receipts and travel costs are factored in. Any appeal will be based on a misappropriation of rule.

Armagh's Malachy Mackin was successful in his hearing with the CHC and will not have to serve the one-match ban proposed by the CCCC. But the one-match suspension for Ciaran McKeever stands and he misses next weekend's home game against Mayo. Armagh's Finian Moriarty, who picked up two yellow cards in the recent league match against Kerry, also had a hearing with CHC who ruled that his first yellow card should not have stood.

Meanwhile, all counties have submitted their views on the payments to managers document with the vast majority in support of option two which calls for stricter policing of payments.

Irish Independent

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