CCCC propose 12 week ban for Diarmuid Connolly over linesman incident
Diarmuid Connolly faces a 12 week ban following the decision of the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee to recommend taking action against him after an incident with one of the linesmen in last weekend’s Leinster championship clash against Carlow.
Connolly angrily confronted linesman Ciaran Branagan during Dublin's 12-point win, making contact with the official's shoulder. The reaction sparked a big reaction among GAA fans, with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke both saying a ban was warranted following the incident.
However, his case has yet to be heard by the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee which has the authority to actually impose the ban as proposed by the CCCC. Alternatively they can throw out the case.
If the CHC accept the recommendation of the CCCC, Connolly has the right to appeal his case to the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee and he has a further option to take the case of the Disputes Resolution Authority.
In 2015 Connolly successfully took a case to the DRA following his sending off in the drawn semi-final against Mayo. He was cleared hours before the replay.
Connolly, who won an All Star last year as Dublin repeated as All-Ireland champions, would be ruled out until a potential All-Ireland semi-final encounter.
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