Sunday 20 August 2017

Suspension won't affect Davy role as Model boss

 

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald tussles with Tipperary's Jason Forde. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald tussles with Tipperary's Jason Forde. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Davy Fitzgerald will almost certainly be allowed to continue overseeing Wexford's preparations for the Leinster hurling championship, despite deciding not to contest an eight-week ban imposed following an incident in last Sunday week's Allianz League semi-final clash with Tipperary.

Fitzgerald will be barred the sideline for Wexford's quarter-final clash with a 'round robin' qualifier next month. If they win, he will also miss the semi-final clash with Kilkenny on Saturday, June 10 as the suspension is not due to expire until three hours after the end of the game.

Technically, he stands suspended from "all functions, privileges and competitions" but precedent suggests that he will be allowed to continue as manager, although not permitted to run the sideline on match days. The Central Competitions Control Committee, who handed down the ban for unauthorised incursion on to the pitch, could, in theory, demand that he play no role with the squad but that's unlikely to happen.

There's a view in the wider GAA that the interpretation of the rule needs to be clarified and that, in the meantime, banning a manager from the sideline is sufficient punishment. Fitzgerald accepted the ban, rather than ask for his case to be considered by the Central Hearings Committee.

In a statement, Wexford county board said it was 'fully supportive of Davy Fitzgerald' and described the eight-week ban as "harsh". It also claimed that "arguments could be made for lessening the penalty" but felt that it was best to accept the ban "in the broader interests of the game and of the senior hurling team".

Tipperary midfielder Jason Forde had a two-match ban proposed for his clash with Fitzgerald but decided to contest the CCCC decision, which allowed him to play against Galway in Sunday's League final

According to sources, there's a strong likelihood that he will win his case on a technicality.

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