Carlow trio make last-ditch DRA attempt to overturn suspensions
Carlow were due to find out last night if midfielder Brendan Murphy will be available to them for their Leinster quarter-final with Meath and whether manager Turlough O'Brien and selector Steven Poacher can take their place on the sideline for the game.
Murphy stands suspended for 12 weeks but the player and both members of management took their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) this week in a final effort to have them rescinded.
The trio have already failed to have them overturned by a Central Appeals Committee panel.
All three were charged with using threatening language towards a referee at the end of their last-round league game against Down which they lost by a point, condemning them to relegation after just one season in Division 3.
O'Brien, Poacher and Murphy were reported by the referee James Bermingham.
O'Brien had a proposed suspension of 16 weeks increased to 20 weeks by a Central Hearings Committee.
It now rests with the DRA to determine if their case was dealt with properly.
In their place, selector Tommy Wogan has taken charge along with fellow selector Benji O'Brien and strength and conditioning coach Damien Sheehan.
Murphy would be an obvious loss against Meath but as Wogan pointed out he missed last year's championship too, as he opted to spend time in America as Carlow advanced to a Leinster semi-final, courtesy of wins over Kildare and Louth.
Wogan is a long-time friend of O'Brien and feels for him in the current situation.
"Of course he's very disappointed with the whole thing," he said.
"I feel very much for him and the way he has been treated. In my own personal view, people need to walk in the footsteps of an inter-county manager to understand the frustrations of Turlough and Steven and the time and the effort that goes into it.
"They have put phenomenal work into it and, based on poor decisions, our season had drifted away.
"You're talking about two poor refereeing decisions possibly costing us staying in the division.
"That was our goal to stay in the division, bigger than anything in the championship."
Carlow will face Meath in O'Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday week at 5pm, the first game in a double-header that also involves Dublin and Louth.
Leinster Council are estimating that the attendance will be between 15,000 to 18,000, well within the capacity.