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Cullen and Quigley set for bans after falling foul of video evidence

DUBLIN'S Bryan Cullen and Laois' Brendan Quigley are both expected to be informed today of retrospective suspensions arising from separate incidents in last weekend's Allianz League game between the two counties.

Quigley's recommended one-game ban will be for an off-the-ball tussle with Tomas Quinn that was captured by the match video, while Cullen is expected to get a similar suspension for a late, high tackle on Paul Cahillane that was also highlighted by last Saturday night's live television coverage.

Cullen's action came not long after Quigley was yellow-carded for striking him in the back in a separate incident.

That incident could not be revisited by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) because David Coldrick took immediate action and booked Quigley. The CCCC can only investigate incidents that were not dealt with by the referee at the time.

Elsewhere, Kildare officials are meeting with the CCCC today in the latest episode of the long-running Seanie Johnston transfer saga.


Johnston, who was a regular top-scorer for Cavan but didn't make the county panel this season, has openly stated that he wants to declare for Kildare and has already switched clubs in order to facilitate such a move.

The Cavan County Board has queried his switch of inter-county allegiance, alleging that his primary residence was not in Straffan, as he has claimed. The CCCC have since invited in Johnston to give them tangible proof of his place of residence.

They also called in the Cavan board separately to outline their objections in detail and now they are taking soundings from Lilywhite officials, but it is expected to be some time yet before they issue a final ruling.

In Donegal, county chairman PJ McGowan has strongly backed county manager Jim McGuinness for declining to do television interviews with TG4 last weekend.

McGuinness and team captain Michael Murphy refused requests to do post-match interviews after last weekend's big NFL win over Cork in Ballybofey.

This was apparently in protest at the fact that TG4, in a previous live interview, had asked McGuinness about the exiled Kevin Cassidy while the former county player was standing just feet away in his capacity as a TG4 match analyst.

"I was shocked to see the interview take place like that," said McGowan. "We're trying to keep a lid on things, but certain elements in the media have taken on this issue. The matter has been dealt with. I fully support what they're doing. TG4 were out of line."

Irish Independent

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