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Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy and Kieran Toner were hit with suspensions for their involvement in the brawl that marred the pre-match parade prior to their Ulster semi-final with Cavan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy and Kieran Toner were hit with suspensions for their involvement in the brawl that marred the pre-match parade prior to their Ulster semi-final with Cavan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy and Kieran Toner were hit with suspensions for their involvement in the brawl that marred the pre-match parade prior to their Ulster semi-final with Cavan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Armagh football manager Paul Grimley was awaiting approval last night for three players to bring their cases to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) ahead of tomorrow's Ulster football SFC semi-final against Monaghan.

The three players, Andy Mallon, Brendan Donaghy and Kieran Toner, all remain suspended after their appeals to the Central Appeals Committee failed yesterday.

None of the three players attended Wednesday night's appeal and as a consequence the CAC found that the suspensions should stand.

Grimley has been adamant from the outset that the suspensions, imposed for their involvement in the brawl that marred the pre-match parade prior to their Ulster semi-final with Cavan, would be challenged all the way.

Armagh County Board officers were meeting last night to discuss if seeking a DRA hearing at this late stage was an option to take.

The DRA can meet at short notice and could hold a preliminary hearing to determine the players' cases.

In 2005 Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin was cleared to play in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin by a DRA panel on the morning of the game as they quashed a suspension he picked up after the replayed Ulster final against Armagh that year.

The GAA would be keen for a DRA panel to sit even at this late stage to conclude this case ahead of tomorrow night's semi-final.

Grimley believes the three players deserve to have every available option explored to clear them to play Monaghan.


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