Wednesday 7 December 2016

Neil McGee suspension set to be doubled

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

McGee is expected to be reported for a category-three offence which will yield a one-match ban. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
McGee is expected to be reported for a category-three offence which will yield a one-match ban. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

Neil McGee looks set to miss the remainder of the Ulster Championship even if Donegal advance to the final, unless he can have his latest red card overturned.

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McGee is expected to be reported for a category-three offence which will yield a one-match ban.

But because he was retrospectively suspended in March following an incident in Donegal's Tralee league match against Kerry for 'behaving in a way which is dangerous to an opponent', any one-match ban will be doubled.

Unless Donegal, who have reached five successive finals, draw either a semi-final or final, if they make it that far, McGee's Ulster Championship is finished.

The Donegal full-back has been treading thin ice on the disciplinary front this season and picked up two black cards in the league against Down and Monaghan. One more and he will pick up a one-match ban.

McGee was banned after the fractious Kerry game for grabbing the fingers of his opponent Alan Fitzgerald as the pair tangled. McGee sustained a broken nose in the aftermath of that.

Ironically, McGee's brother Eamonn took a punch to the midriff from Fermanagh's Niall Cassidy that was picked up on camera and he may now face retrospective suspension ahead of their trip to Wexford Park on Saturday week.

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath was critical of what he claimed was Donegal gamesmanship, suggesting their players repeatedly went down feigning injury in the second half.

McGrath hit out at the three-minute delay it took for the penalty to be taken by Sean Quigley which was saved by Marc Anthony McGinley. Ironically, there was a four-minute delay before Diarmuid O'Connor got to take a penalty for Mayo in a league match in Ballybofey last March.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee will trawl through all available evidence to determine who the aggressor was that left Westmeath's Kieran Martin with a broken nose just seconds after the final whistle. Martin may miss Westmeath's semi-final with Kildare on Sunday week.

The venues and times for the All-Ireland 1B qualifiers have been announced. All four games will take place on Saturday, June 25.

The fixtures are: Corrigan Park, Belfast: Antrim v Limerick 2.0.

Pairc Esler, Newry: Down v Longford, 2.0.

O'Connor Park, Tullamore: Offaly v London, 2.0.

Innovate Wexford Park: Wexford v Fermanagh, 5.0.

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