Saturday 23 September 2017

Down's Brannigan may face suspension

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DOWN'S Aidan Brannigan could be hit with a suspension after television footage showed him clashing with Fermanagh's Marty McGrath in last Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final.

Discipline was a particularly big talking point of the game, which was effectively ended as a contest once Fermanagh's Daryl Keenan was sent off, on a straight red, in just the ninth minute.

He got the line for an off-the-ball strike on Conor Laverty but television replays showed that, in an incident that occurred close to the halfway line just seconds later, Brannigan hit McGrath in the face after they had tangled chasing a ball over the sideline.

Neither the sideline official nor referee Syl Doyle spotted it and Doyle 's attention was then called to the Keenan incident by one of his umpires and he ran back to the goalmouth to deal with the earlier issue.

As no action was taken against Brannigan, the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) has the power to review the incident and could yet ask the referee if he wishes to address it retrospectively.

The CCCC does not have the power to return to any incident where a referee has already taken disciplinary action (a yellow or red card).

Irish Independent

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