Sunday 19 January 2020

Dubs' Cullen may face ban for late tackle

DUBLIN face an anxious wait to see if Bryan Cullen attracts a retrospective suspension for a late tackle on Laois' Paul Cahillane last Saturday night WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

No action was taken by referee David Coldrick at the time; the incident occurred not long after Cullen had been struck in the back by Laois' Brendan Quigley, which attracted just a yellow card.

The fact that the referee took action means that incident cannot be revisited, but Quigley could yet be in hot water for an earlier off-the-ball incident with Dublin's Tomas Quinn which was also captured by the television cameras.

Given the GAA's disciplinary clampdown this year, the Central Competitions Control Committee may yet revisit the match tape and could recommend one-game bans for both players.

Cahillane, one of Laois' best forwards, subsequently went off injured but is expected to be back for next weekend's trip to Cork, but full-forward Padraig Clancy is expected to miss that game after aggravating a hamstring injury against Dublin.

Meanwhile, Sunday's Division 2 league match between Monaghan and Louth has been fixed for Drogheda.

Monaghan County Board have applied to the Disputes Resolution Authority for a hearing to challenge the legality of the Central Hearings Committee to strip them of home advantage for that game which was scheduled to go ahead in Clones. That DRA hearing is likely to take place tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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