Monday 27 February 2017

Callanan wins 11th hour appeal and can play for Tipp in NHL semi-final

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Seamus Callanan, Tipperary
Seamus Callanan, Tipperary

Tipperary have succeeded in a dramatic last-ditch effort to get Seamus Callanan's ban lifted in time for Sunday's Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Waterford.

Tipp had indicated that they would not take his appeal further after it was unsuccessful at the first stage of the appeal process.

But Callanan went before the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) last night and had his one-match suspension over-turned, a huge boost to them ahead of Sunday's all-Munster NHL semi-final in Nowlan Park.

He was sent off in Tipperary's quarter-final victory after being reported for "striking with minimal force" and lost his initial appeal to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) who ruled that "evidence provided (by Tipperary) was not sufficiently compelling to rebut the referee's report."

There appeared to be a delay in the official CHC ruling being communicated to Tipperary and it is not clear if this was a factor in his successful appeal last night.

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