Tuesday 23 May 2017

Jason Forde included in Tipperary team for league final despite proposed two-match ban for clash with Davy Fitzgerald

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald with Jason Forde of Tipperary and Aidan Nolan of Wexford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald with Jason Forde of Tipperary and Aidan Nolan of Wexford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Tipperary's Jason Forde clash on the pitch during last Sunday’s Allianz League semi-final in Nowlan Park. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jason Forde has been named in Tipperary's starting XV for this Sunday's national league final with Galway despite being hit with a proposed two-match ban after clashing with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald during last Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final.

Tipperary are expected to contest the ban strongly and instead, will request a date with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC), having received correspondence from the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC).

Had the two-match suspension been accepted, Forde would have had to sit out Sunday’s League showpiece, as well as the Munster SHC quarter-final against Cork on May 21, but Tipp insist the punishment is excessive.

Forde could miss two championship games if their appeal fails but they seem willing to risk that.

Elsewhere, there are two changes to the starting lineup from last week's game.

John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer replaces the injured Seamus Callanan at full-forward and Michael Breen replaces Niall O'Meara at 11.

Tipperary team to play Galway: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O'Brien; Noel McGrath, John O'Dwyer, John McGrath.

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