Sunday 23 July 2017

Diarmuid Connolly has 12-week ban for linesman push upheld by the CHC

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The GAA Central Hearings Committee (CHC) has upheld the decision of the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) to impose a 12-week ban on Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly.

Connolly was handed the minimum ban of 12 weeks by the CCCC after being found to be in breach of Rule 7.2 (B), 'Minor interference with a linesman'.

Video footage of Dublin's Leinster quarter-final win clearly showed Connolly making contact with linesman Ciaran Branagan after a line-ball had been awarded against Dublin.

Connolly has the option of appealing the CHC decision to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

It had been widely reported at the weekend that Connolly would accept the CCCC ruling on the matter but it emerged on Monday that he would indeed be challenging it.

The incident has split GAA fans with some feeling that the penalty is too harsh, with others feeling that the sanction is justified under the letter of the law.

Should Connolly opt against appealing to the CAC, he would not return to action until a potential All-Ireland semi-final at the end of August.

Elsewhere, Carlow's Brendan Murphy, who was sent off for two bookable offences against the Dubs, is free to play in his side's first round qualifier against London in Ruislip after the CHC ruled that the first yellow card was issued in error.

HOW THE GAA DISCIPLINARY PROCESS WORKS:

- The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) proposes a penalty. It is either accepted or rejected.

- If an individual or unit does not accept the purposed penalty, a Hearing is granted.

- The Central Hearings Committee (CHC) either impose a penalty or exonerate based on evidence presented during the Hearing.

- If a penalty is imposed by the CHC, and the Defending Party is not willing to accept the imposed penalty, then an Appeal can be lodged to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

- The Appeal is heard by the CAC. If an Appeal is unsuccessful then the penalty remains imposed and all avenues of Appeal are now exhausted within the GAA (The Appeal can only be successful where there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of Rule by the Hearings Committee or the Appellant’s right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such extent that a clear injustice has occurred).

- However, if the Defending Party is still not willing to accept the imposed penalty, a request for Arbitration may be lodged to the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority) who are an external Independent Body

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