Monday 27 February 2017

Philly McMahon and Cillian O'Connor get green light for replay as no bans proposed

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

30 August 2015; Philly McMahon, Dublin, tussles with Aidan O'Shea, Mayo. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
30 August 2015; Philly McMahon, Dublin, tussles with Aidan O'Shea, Mayo. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Philly McMahon is free to play in Dublin's All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo after the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee opted not to charge him for attempted use of the head in the drawn game on Sunday.

And Mayo's Cillian O'Connor will also escape censure for the incident that forced Rory O'Carroll out of the game after only three minutes.

The CCCC convened yesterday to discuss the contents of referee Joe McQuillan's report and examine other relevant issues.

McMahon appeared to use his head in an altercation with O'Shea but no evidence of contact could be established, despite O'Shea's post-match contention that he had been head-butted.

O'Connor slapped back at O'Carroll early in the game after the full-back had grabbed out at him as he raced into position off the ball.

Deemed

O'Carroll did not re-appear after being replaced by blood substitute Mick Fitzsimons but it is understood that O'Connor's action was not deemed a red card offence, despite the damage it caused.

O'Carroll is expected to make a full recovery for the replay.

Diarmuid Connolly is automatically facing a one-match ban after his late dismissal for an apparent striking offence against Lee Keegan and it is anticipated that Dublin will seek to challenge that decision at a hearings committee meeting this week.

Black cards for Michael Darragh Macauley and Denis Bastick will also be challenged.

Dublin have only recently been before the Central Hearings Committee to challenge the ¤10,000 fine they, along with Armagh, faced for incidents that marred a challenge match between the sides at the end of June.

Dublin's Davy Byrne was left hospitalised with a facial wound and both counties were hit with heavier fines for their failure to co-operate sufficiently with the CCCC investigation. The CHC reduced that fine to ¤6,500.

Irish Independent

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