Friday 15 December 2017

Good news for Dublin as Brennan set to escape with one-match ban

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Ger Brennan looks set to escape with just a one-match ban after his red card against Mayo in Saturday night's Division 1 football league match in Croke Park.

The red mist descended on Brennan early in the second half when he first took out Michael Conroy with a high challenge, then seemed to kick out at him as he lay on the ground – the ball was beneath Conroy at the time and he may have been aiming at that – before meeting Donal Vaughan with an elbow in the face as the Mayo centre-back rushed in to confront him.

Referee Cormac Reilly showed him a straight red after consulting with his linesman.

It is understood that Brennan has been reported for kicking with minimal force and striking with the hand, category two offences that carry the minimum penalty of a one-match ban.

Because both offences were committed in quick succession it is unlikely Brennan will be charged with a repeat offence and is therefore likely to get away with only missing Sunday's clash with Kildare.

There is no facility in the rules to double up a proposed penalty for a player who has been reported for two or more offences of the same category.

Ironically, if Brennan had been red-carded under the old system of time suspensions, dispensed with in 2011, he would have missed Dublin's next three matches.

It is Brennan's third time to be sent off for Dublin in four years after his early departure from the 2009 Leinster final against Kildare and the 2010 Leinster quarter-final against Wexford.

New Dublin manager Jim Gavin has warned his players over the need to apply proper disciplinary standards on the field, but already that has been challenged by red cards to Denis Bastick and Michael Darragh Macauley in recent games.

There was an element of provocation in both cases, but Gavin still agreed the red cards were justified.

He held his counsel on the Brennan incident on Saturday night until it was properly reviewed.

Meanwhile, Tomas Brady will be out of action for up to four weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury against Mayo. Brady had been moving well at centre-forward before picking up the injury. His place is likely to be taken by Dermot Connolly, who himself has recovered from an ankle ligament injury.

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