Monday 24 July 2017

Tyrone 'diver' Tiernan McCann facing eight-week ban

Tyrone's Tiernan McCann
Tyrone's Tiernan McCann
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Tiernan McCann is facing an eight-week ban for his theatrical dive in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final in reaction to Monaghan's Darren Hughes tousled his hair.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee have proposed the suspension and Tyrone County Board received the communication yesterday.

The Red Hand forward is understood to have been charged under the rule that governs discrediting the association.

The penalty for feigning injury is a yellow card but the game's disciplinary body have decided that a more serious charge should apply.

The weight of the suspension would rule McCann out of an All-Ireland semi-final and final if Tyrone progress that far. McCann will undoubtedly be seeking a hearing to have the charge overturned.

His manager Mickey Harte spoke on Monday about the player reacting differently if the same incident happened again that prompted referee Marty Duffy to send Hughes off. Harte stressed that mistakes are made.

Irish Independent

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