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Thursday 23 February 2017

Kilkenny star Dalton gets eight-week suspension

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kilkenny's John Dalton clashes with Conor McCormack of Dublin
during the Allianz NHL Division 1 final at Croke Park last Sunday.
Kilkenny's John Dalton clashes with Conor McCormack of Dublin during the Allianz NHL Division 1 final at Croke Park last Sunday.

Kilkenny will not appeal the eight-week suspension handed down to defender John Dalton by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) after they reviewed the incident which happened before half-time in last Sunday's League final involving Dublin's Conor McCormack.

Dalton was captured by TV cameras striking his opponent with a hurl and then kicking him in an off-the-ball incident just as referee Michael Wadding was preparing to signal for half-time.

Wadding did not deal with the incident and Dalton was free to return to the second half. But under new guidelines, the CCCC are still able to propose a suspension and they delivered the news to Kilkenny yesterday after deliberating on Tuesday.

The Kilkenny County Board have indicated that they will accept Dalton's suspension and have also decided to accept a four-week suspension handed down to Eoin Larkin after he was sent off for striking McCormack with his hurl in a separate incident.

Dalton will miss the Leinster semi-final on June 11 against the winners from the Antrim/Laois/Wexford side of the draw. However, Dalton is free to play for his club Carrickshock this weekend in a local championship match against Tullaroan.

His Carrickshock clubmate Richie Power has not resumed playing with Kilkenny, but has been back in action with the club after a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury. He's also expected to be in action at the weekend.

The shock of the 12-point defeat to Dublin in last Sunday's league final triggered a snap squad meeting on Monday night called by Brian Cody to assess the fall-out from the previous day.

Irish Independent

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