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Diarmuid Connolly's second appeal fails with Dublin set to bring fight to the DRA

Published 04/09/2015 | 08:00

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being shown a red card during Sunday’s
drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo
Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being shown a red card during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo

Dublin will exhaust every possible avenue as they attempt to rescind Diarmuid Connolly's red card following this morning's decision by the Central Appeal's Committee to turn down his second appeal.

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Jim Gavin's star forward looks almost certain to miss out on tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final replay after the CAC decided to uphold the decision by the Central Hearings Committee that Connolly's one-game ban would stand.

The St Vincent's clubman received his marching orders after an injury-time altercation with Mayo's Lee Keegan last Sunday at GAA HQ.

Dublin are likely to appeal both decisions to the GAA's  Disputes Resolution Authority.

Connolly had a red card rescinded in the lead-up to the 2011 All-Ireland final win over Kerry but it looks like Jim Gavin will have to plan without him this time around.

Dublin had hoped that the fact that Mayo's Kevin Keane had his red card rescinded for a similar offence in their quarter-final win over Donegal would benefit them in their appeal.

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