Thursday 29 September 2016

McMahon in the clear as Dubs expected to appeal Connolly red card

Colm Keyes

Published 31/08/2015 | 20:51

Philip McMahon, Dublin, and Aidan O'Shea, Mayo, get involved in a scuffle during the second half. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Philip McMahon, Dublin, and Aidan O'Shea, Mayo, get involved in a scuffle during the second half. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Philly McMahon is free to play in Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo after the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee opted not to charge him for attempted use of the head in the drawn game on Sunday.

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And Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor will also escape censure for the incident that forced Rory O’Carroll out of the game after only three minutes.

The CCCC convened to discuss the contents of referee Joe McQuillan’s report and examine other relevant issues.

McMahon appeared to use his head in an altercation with O’Shea but there no evidence of contact could be established, despite O’Shea’s post match contention that he had been head-butted.

O’Connor slapped back at O’Carroll early in the game after the full-back had grabbed out at him as he raced into position off the ball.

O’Carroll did not re-appear after being replaced by blood substitute Mick Fitzsimons but it is understood that O’Connor’s action was not deemed a red card offence despite the damage it caused.

O’Carroll is expected to make a full recovery for the replay.

Connolly is automatically facing a one-match ban after his late dismissal for an apparent striking offence against Lee Keegan and it is anticipated that Dublin will seek to challenge that decision at a hearings committee meeting this week.

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