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Saturday 25 November 2017

Moorefield in appeal limbo

KILDARE football champions Moorefield remain in limbo after Leinster Council decided to tie their recent appeal in with the hearing of their county midfield star Daryl Flynn, which may yet not take place until the new year, writes Cliona Foley.

Flynn is facing a six-month ban following an altercation with referee Derek Fahy after Moorefield's loss to Portlaoise in the first round of the Leinster club championship.

His appeal was expected to be dealt with by Leinster Council last Friday, but it did not go ahead as the player could not appear in person because he is abroad with the Kildare team.

The club went ahead with their appeal against the other swingeing punishments that they sustained arising from the same game, but the provincial council has postponed making any decisions until Flynn's personal appeal is heard.

"It looks like Leinster want to tie all their decisions together so we'll have to wait until Daryl's hearing, which may not now take place until after Christmas," Moorefield chairman Peter White explained.

Moorefield are contesting a raft of other proposed punishments, which include the withholding of a match grant as well as a fine for failing to wear a changed strip as directed (due to a clash of colours), on top of a possible home-game ban for future Leinster club games.

If Leinster's hearings committee uphold Flynn's proposed six-month ban, it would rule him out of Kildare's entire 2011 National League campaign.

That would be a big blow to the Lilywhites as he has established himself as one of their first-choice midfielders, but his regular centre-field partner Dermot Earley is recovering from cruciate surgery.

Flynn was dismissed late in the game on a second yellow card. His county and club team-mate Ronan Sweeney also received a four-week ban, but that is not being contested.

Referee Fahy drew strong criticism from the Moorefield boss -- ex-Dublin star Jack Sheedy -- after the game and the club felt Flynn's second yellow card was particularly harsh.

Irish Independent

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