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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Maher suspended for eight weeks

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

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.

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