Down left red-faced after blunder finishes off Garvey's final ambition
AN EMBARRASSING administrative cock-up has ended Down defender Conor Garvey's chances of playing in the Ulster final.
Garvey went to Croke Park on Wednesday night to make his case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC), but his case was thrown out because the CAC did not receive his €100 appeal fee on time.
It appears that it was the Central Hearings Committee (CHC), the body that had refused Garvey's initial appeal and rubber-stamped his one-game ban, who raised the issue of the payment on Wednesday night and this caused his case to be thrown out.
When a county lodges an appeal by email it has two days to forward the hearings fee and while Down did send it, it was not received within the deadline.
The Down County Board would not comment on the case yesterday except to say that Garvey's case "did not succeed."
Garvey was appealing a retrospective ban that he received from the Ulster semi-final against Monaghan. The corner-back was not booked, but the Central Competitions Committee (CCCC) subsequently used video-evidence to charge him with 'dangerous play' for an alleged stamping incident.
Garvey took his case to the CHC initially last week, but they decided that "the infraction was more likely to have occurred than not to have occurred" and confirmed his one-game ban.
Wednesday night's fiasco ended his hopes of playing against Donegal in the Ulster final on July 22.