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Galvin's history could haunt him with latest red

KERRY have every reason to double up their efforts in appealing the red card dished out to Paul Galvin in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night as the Footballer of the Year is set to be slapped with an eight-week ban for his sins.

The Finuge man was sent off by referee Maurice Deegan for an off-the-ball altercation with Cork defender, Eoin Cadogan, who also got the line and can expect to be recommended for a four-week suspension by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) in the coming days.

However, as the Finuge man's latest dismissal comes within 48 weeks of his Munster semi-final replay sending off on June 13, any suspension meted out to Galvin is almost certain to be doubled.

As with last June, Galvin is likely to be cited for a Category II infraction and under the official guide, a repeat offence in the same code and at the same level within a 48-week period triggers a minimum eight-week ban.

Kerry boss Jack O'Connor was non-committal when asked whether an appeal would now be mounted, though it is almost certain that Galvin will request a hearing once the suspension is proposed, as expected.

Television replays show Galvin and Cadogan wrestling each other to the ground separate from the action though their transgressions could technically be viewed as 'behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent' -- a Category II infraction.

If the eight-week ban sticks and Galvin or the Kerry county board fail in their efforts to have it overturned, it would mean O'Connor would have to do without the player until the final round of the league on April 11 when Monaghan come to Killarney, with Galvin missing out on the matches with Tyrone, Mayo, Galway and Derry.