Eight-week ban for punch

Dingle senior football team mentor Colm Geaney is to be handed an eight-week suspension by the Kerry GAA County Committee for his part in the mass fight that marred last Sunday's SFC semi-final replay in Austin Stack Park.

Mr Geaney was the subject of a Competitions Control Committee (CCC) investigation this week for his part in the brawl between Dingle and East Kerry players and mentors early in the second-half of a game Dingle won, with the disciplinary authority set to propose the eight-week suspension on foot of that investigation.

Mr Geaney and East Kerry manager Gerry O'Sullivan were both sent off and ordered outside the boundary of the playing field by match referee Paul Hayes after the rolling brawl, which lasted for over a minute, ended.

The CCC met on Monday night to consider the referee's report and to examine video footage of the incident, and have proposed the sanction for Mr Geaney, who will have three days to respond and either accept the sanction or request a hearing with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC).

The Kerryman understands that there is no proposed sanction for Gerry O'Sullivan who was not found guilty of any offence.

Video footage emerged on social media on Sunday evening of the incident, which shows a man in a tracksuit rush on to the pitch and strike East Kerry player Dara Moynihan, who was immediately attended to by medical personnel.

Arising from separate and unrelated incidents, Dingle player Mikey Boyle required stitches to a head wound and East Kerry's David Clifford attended hospital on Sunday evening for treatment to a hand injury.