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Gaelic: Dubs to appeal Connolly's straight red

DUBLIN footballers are poised to launch a disciplinary appeal in the hope that Diarmuid Connolly will be cleared to play in the All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry.

Dublin's semi-final victory after a dour struggle against Donegal was tarnished by Connolly's straight red in the 58th minute.

However, Sky Blue skipper Bryan Cullen has already described the punishment as "harsh" -- a viewpoint echoed by a raft of pundits on TV and elsewhere -- and today the Dublin county board confirmed that it is strongly considering an appeal before the Central Hearings Committee.

"We will certainly be looking at every angle possible to see if there is some way we can get it rescinded," declared chairman Andy Kettle, who said the disputed red card would be "one of the main items on the agenda" of a meeting he had planned with county board CEO John Costello for today.

Connolly was sent off by referee Maurice Deegan on the advice of linesman Rory Hickey, for an alleged retaliatory strike on Donegal sub Marty Boyle.

Replays suggested the Dublin full-forward was unlucky, with a "very disappointed" Cullen declaring: "I was more concerned with how he was converged on after winning the free and three Donegal players charged into him. I felt he was just shoving one out of the way, I don't know what the referee or linesman saw but it seemed harsh to me."

Dublin also face a double injury concern ahead of their September 18 showdown with Kerry. Paul Flynn is their chief doubt with a hamstring injury while Rory O'Carroll was also forced off after shipping a knock just above the hip.