D-Day for Dalton and Larkin
Kilkenny will today find out the extent of John Dalton’s proposed suspension after a Central Competitions Control Committee teleconference call discussed incidents in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final yesterday.
Kilkenny’s 12-point defeat to Dublin was compounded by the sending-off of Eoin Larkin and the threat of suspension which hangs over Dalton, who was caught on camera reacting to an off-the-ball shoulder from Dublin’s Conor McCormack by striking his opponent with his hurl and then attempting to kick him while he lay on the ground.
The incident sparked a flashpoint just as referee Michael Wadding was winding up the first half. Dalton was allowed to restart the game after halftime.
That oversight has paved the way for the CCCC to step in. The nature of the incident suggests that Dalton will serve at least a two-month ban which covers striking with the hurl. Larkin is also likely to fall under that category, though his infraction was not as serious as Dalton’s.
Kilkenny may elect to prepare a defence for Larkin on the basis of Brian Cody’s post-match comments. A two-month suspension for either would rule them out of the Leinster semi-final against Wexford, Laois or Antrim on June 11, but they would return if Kilkenny make July’s Leinster final.