Portlaoise hit with hefty bans in wake of fiery Kilmurry clash
CROKE PARK'S disciplinary chiefs have wasted no time in handing out heavy bans to Portlaoise players and mentors in the wake of their controversial All-Ireland club semi-final against Kilmurry-Ibrickane.
As a result, Laois could be without captain Brian McCormack and goalkeeper Michael Nolan for three months after both players were recommended for suspension for incidents at the Gaelic Grounds.
McCormack was sent off on a second yellow card while Nolan was not involved in any incident during the game, but both have been hit with proposed 12-week bans by the CCCC (Central Competition Control Committee).
Brian Mulligan, sent off in the first minute of the game, got four weeks. Team manager John Mulligan -- Brian's father -- and club secretary Peter O'Neill both got four-week suspensions for protesting with the referee.
Meanwhile, Westmeath footballers' plummeting fortunes have taken another disastrous turn with confirmation that Denis Glennon has left the panel.
Glennon was the county's top scorer in Westmeath's first two league games but left training two weeks ago and official sources confirmed yesterday that he has not returned since.
Offaly's footballers could yet feature former Dublin senior panellist John Coughlan in their team to play Roscommon next weekend as his transfer has been cleared by the Dublin County Board.
Coughlan and his brother Niall have used the parentage rule to transfer their county allegiance to Offaly and have already been training with the Faithful County.
Elsewhere, the GAA has confirmed that admittance will be free at next Sunday's rescheduled NHL match between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Semple Stadium, which is being televised live by Setanta.
Sunday's NFL Division 1 clash between Monaghan and Tyrone in Inniskeen is an all-ticket affair, with tickets available through clubs and both county boards.