DUBLIN footballer Jason Whelan has been hit with an eight-week ban following a Leinster Council investigation into an allegation of biting during the controversial O'Byrne Cup clash with DCU 11 days ago.
Whelan was cited for "inflicting injury recklessly" and has decided not to contest his proposed punishment.
The Leinster probe was prompted by an allegation that one of the DCU players was bitten during the Parnell Park showdown.
The Ballymun Kickhams half-forward, who played in last season's All-Ireland club final and scored a goal for the Dubs in last year's Allianz League semi-final against Mayo, is now set to miss a large chunk of the upcoming NFL campaign.
The disciplinary outcome was confirmed in a Leinster GAA statement last night, which read: "At a meeting tonight, the Leinster Council GAA imposed a suspension of eight weeks on a Dublin player Jason Whelan, arising from incidents in the O' Byrne Cup SF game - Dublin v DCU - played on Sunday 12th January 2014.
"The suspension was imposed in accordance with Rule 7.2 Category III (vii) - 'inflicting injury recklessly'. The Dublin County Board and the player have indicated to the Leinster Council that they will accept the proposed sanction," the statement concluded.