Sunday 25 February 2018

CCCC chairman 'totally refutes' suggestion media coverage influenced Diarmuid Connolly ban

Diarmuid Connolly accepted a 12-week ban for minor physical interference with an official during the Leinster quarter-final between Dublin and Carlow
Diarmuid Connolly accepted a 12-week ban for minor physical interference with an official during the Leinster quarter-final between Dublin and Carlow
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The chairman of the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) has rejected suggestions that the decision to hand Diarmuid Connolly a 12-week ban was influenced by the media.

Gavin refused to carry out one-on-one interviews with RTE or Sky Sports after yesterday's facile win over Westmeath over media coverage of Conolly's push on linesman Ciarán Branagan.

Speaking on Morning Ireland today ahead of the Round One hurling and Round 2B football qualifier draws, George Cartwright refuted suggestions made by Dublin boss Jim Gavin and Sunday Game panellists Joe Brolly and Dessie Dolan that the media had influenced the committee's decision.

"I would refute that totally," Cartwright said.

"The Sunday Game has no bearing or influence on the GAA disciplinary system.

"The CCCC review all games on a Monday that have been played on Saturday or Sunday and take action if need be."

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