Monday 24 July 2017

Davy's pitch battle could result in ban

Davy Fitzgerald poses for a photograph after the game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald poses for a photograph after the game. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Davy Fitzgerald and Jason Forde could face sanctions arising from a first half flashpoint which came just after Tipperary scored their second goal.

Fitzgerald ran onto the pitch and clashed with Forde, an incident which is likely to have Croke Park's disciplinary authorities re-visiting the video .

Referee Diarmuid Kirwan took no action but that may not be the end of the matter as the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) have the power to intervene.

Fitzgerald is more likely than Forde to be in hot water as he raced on to the field in contravention of the rule which allows only a designated 'runner' to enter the playing area.

Fitzgerald explained afterwards that his actions were designed to lift his team at a time when they had fallen six points behind. He said he didn't expect to be punished but it remains to be seen if the CCCC take a benign view, even if Fitzgerald has promised that his intervention was a one-off and will not be repeated.

A sideline ban is the prescribed punishment for team officials who misbehave, which means that Fitzgerald could be banished to the stands for Wexford's Leinster Hurling Championship quarter-final clash with a 'round robin' qualifier on May 27/28. It's unlikely a sideline ban would extend beyond one game for a first offence.

Forde also faces an anxious wait to discover if he could miss next Sunday's League final against Galway.

Irish Independent

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