Saturday 21 October 2017

Worried Wexford and Tipperary remain silent amid growing suspension fears

 

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
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
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Wexford and Tipperary were remaining silent last night amid speculation that Davy Fitzgerald and Jason Forde were facing sanctions arising from an incident during last Sunday's Allianz League semi-final in Nowlan Park.

Fitzgerald clashed with Tipperary midfielder Forde after dashing onto the pitch in the first half. The incident was reviewed by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee, who are empowered to propose suspensions which can either be accepted or contested through the disciplinary procedures.

A suspension for Forde would rule him out of Sunday's League final clash with Galway, further weakening Michael Ryan's squad, which has already lost top scorer Seamus Callanan to injury.

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While Wexford's next game isn't until the end of May when they play in the Leinster quarter-final, a suspension for their manager - especially if it extended to eight weeks - would seriously disrupt their Championship preparations.

Wexford are expected to win their quarter-final, setting up a Leinster semi-final clash with Kilkenny in Innovate Wexford Park in June.

After beating Kilkenny in the League quarter-final, hopes are high in Wexford that they can make real progress in the Championship - a challenge which would become much more difficult if Fitzgerald's involvement in their preparations were curtailed in any way.

Irish Independent

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