Sunday 26 February 2017

O'Brien free to face Dubs despite seeing red

Jackie Cahill

FORWARD John O'Brien will be free to face Dublin in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final on Sunday week, August 14, despite being sent off in the North Tipperary SHC final last Sunday.

Toomevara clubman O'Brien received a straight red card before half-time in last Sunday's divisional final victory, along with Kildangan's Paraic Kelly, following an off-the-ball tussle.

Tipperary sources have indicated that O'Brien has been reported by match referee Ger Fitzpatrick for a Category 3 offence.

The offence carries a two-month suspension, but will apply to club fare only, meaning that O'Brien will miss out on Toomevara's county SHC quarter-final.

Meanwhile, the Tipperary County Board hearings committee will adjudicate on the case of Carrick Swan this evening, following the club's expulsion from the South divisional and county championships.

Swan failed to fulfil their South SHC semi-final replay against Mullinahone last Sunday week and were hit by expulsion from both competitions and a €3,000 fine.

Swan officials claimed that nine players were unavailable for the Mullinahone game for a variety of reasons, but their excuses fell on deaf ears.

Should Swan fail in front of the county hearings committee, club officials will explore the option of taking their case to the Munster Council.

The Swan situation has implications for the county championship, because, as things stand and pending their appeal, 'AN Other', namely Swan or Mullinahone, are pencilled in to face JK Brackens in the second round of the knockout stages.

In Armagh, the county board will have a clearer picture of Paddy O'Rourke's future as manager in the coming days. The Down native has completed a two-year term but local speculation suggests he will not be continuing.

Tomás Ó Flatharta has told Galway officials that he wishes to remain in charge of the Tribesmen next season but there's no football board meeting for a number of weeks.

Irish Independent

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