Sunday 20 August 2017

Prendergast accepts ban but Brennan to make case at hearing

Prendergast sees red
Prendergast sees red
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Waterford defender Declan Prendergast is unlikely to challenge the two-month suspension proposed by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) after last Sunday's sending-off.

Prendergast was red carded for striking Kilkenny's Eddie Brennan in the face with his hurl after the pair had clashed in the second half of a league tie in Walsh Park.

As it is the minimum penalty for such an offence, Prendergast is unlikely to challenge the proposed suspension, though Waterford secretary Sean O'Leary said this had not yet been confirmed.

"It will be down to the player himself. He has three days to respond," said O'Leary yesterday.

Prendergast will now miss the remainder of the league and would only feature again if Waterford reached the final.

But Kilkenny have indicated that Brennan has requested a personal hearing to defend himself against the four-week ban. That hearing is likely to take place tomorrow night. Kilkenny officials believe Brennan may have been harshly punished with a red card after attention was drawn to the referee by an umpire.

If the CHC rubber-stamp Brennan's four-week ban, he will miss Sunday's re-fixture against Galway in Pearse Stadium and their fourth-round game against Tipperary in Nowlan Park on March 22.

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