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Sunday 18 February 2018

Nolan decision 'outrageous'

THE GAA's Central Hearings Committee has decided that Dublin footballer Kevin Nolan should not have been sent off when he was given his marching orders while playing for Kilmacud Crokes in their All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final against Crossmaglen on February 27 -- for what they call 'a second cautionable infraction'.

This notice wasn't circulated until March 18 -- the day after the All-Ireland club final, which Crossmaglen won.

This is an outrageous decision and makes a mockery of the GAA's much hyped disciplinary system. It means that Kilmacud were wrongly deprived of a key player for a large part of the very tight game against Crossmaglen.

If justice still means anything in the GAA, surely this case should have been dealt with immediately. And should the GAA not have considered ordering a replay if a team was wrongly deprived of a player in that game? Justice how are you!

Irish Independent

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