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Maher suspended for eight weeks

Published 06/12/2012 | 05:00

Loughrea full-forward Johnny Maher has been suspended for eight weeks arising out of incidents in the concluding stages of the Galway SHC final.

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The incidents involving Maher went viral on YouTube with over 150,000 people viewing them.

The 29-year-old full-forward was not penalised during the game but has been given a long ban by the Galway Hearings Committee.

The committee also examined footage involving St Thomas' full-forward Richie Murray but did not issue a suspension and he will be free to play in the All-Ireland semi-final against reigning champions Loughgiel Shamrocks in February.

Murray scored a hat-trick in the game as St Thomas, backed by the six sons of manager John Burke, claimed their first Galway SHC title by defeating Loughrea 3-11 to 2-11.

Maher scored 2-2 as Loughrea fell to their third final defeat in four years, with incidents either side of him scoring his second goal in the dying moments – which left just three points between the teams – leading to the eight-week suspension.

Irish Independent

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