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Galway and Dublin hurlers face bans following Fenway Classic brawl

Croker propose suspensions for Dublin and Galway players over Boston fracas

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

The players who were involved in last week’s Fenway Classic brawl in Boston are facing suspension
The players who were involved in last week’s Fenway Classic brawl in Boston are facing suspension

Players from Galway and Dublin who were involved in last week’s Fenway Classic brawl in Boston are facing suspension after the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) completed their investigation.

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Galway and Dublin County Boards were informed of the findings of the probe yesterday.

It is understood that Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan will serve out a time ban from the date of the game but will not miss any significant activity.

Because of the nature of Super 11s, the format used for the game which Galway won 50-47, match suspensions were not applicable because they could not be applied to the next game in the competition.

One Galway player is also understood to be facing a retrospective ban for his involvement in the second-quarter fracas.

Both county boards are already reeling from the imposition of €5,000 fines relating to the conduct of both teams. It is expected that Dublin will seek a hearing rather than accepting the CCCC proposal.

The fracas erupted and led to the sinbinning of three players by Galway referee Alan Kelly – Galway’s Andy Smith and Iarla Tannian as well as  Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley – following the intervention of a television match official who reviewed the incident.

The Fenway Classic, the brainchild of the Gaelic Players Association, attracted a crowd of around 30,000 to Fenway Park, home of the famed Boston Red Sox baseball team.

The GPA hope to bring their novel format back to the USA in the future.

Galway County Board were meeting last night to conclude the nomination process for the job vacated by Anthony Cunningham two weeks ago after a player heave that lasted seven weeks.

Former selector Mattie Kenny, John Hardiman, former All-Ireland-winning manager with Portumna Johnny Kelly and another All-Ireland-winning manager Michael Donoghue, who guided Clarinbridge to glory in 2011, are all believed to be in the frame after the nomination process closed yesterday.

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