Monday 19 March 2018

Clare's Malone set to seek hearing for Ennis red card

Jamie Malone is likely to seek a hearing. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Jamie Malone is likely to seek a hearing. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare's Jamie Malone is expected to seek a hearing to challenge a potential two-match ban for the red card he received after making contact with Tipperary selector Shane Stapleton in Sunday's Allianz Division 2 league match in Ennis.

Stapleton fell and hit his head off concrete near the sideline but after getting to his feet almost immediately with the help of Malone, who had pushed him as he sought to retrieve a ball that had gone out over the sideline where the Tipperary management were stationed, he subsequently felt unwell and collapsed.

He was later diagnosed with concussion and spent Sunday night in University Hospital Limerick where he underwent a series of tests. He had not been discharged by yesterday afternoon but there were hopes that he would be last night.

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns was critical afterwards of the time it took for an ambulance to arrive in Cusack Park while Tipperary are expected to raise the issue of a concrete base being so near the playing surface at Cusack Park.

In the meantime, Clare are expected to get notification this morning of the potential ban for Malone which will be two matches if he is reported under Category 4 (viii) which deals with "any type of assault on an opposing team official".

The incident was brought to the attention of referee Jerome Henry by his linesman Padraig O'Sullivan.

Clare manager Colm Collins said last night that Malone was immediately apologetic to Stapleton after the push which featured on TG4's highlights programme and said that all involved with Clare football wished Stapleton well. Collins confirmed that Malone is likely to seek a hearing.

Clare are away to Down in their next match on Sunday week and will have Roscommon at home the week after that.

Collins himself has picked up a one-match ban for alleged verbal abuse of an official on a weekend when a number of managers, Longford's Denis Connerton and Kildare's Cian O'Neill among them, expressed dissatisfaction with the standard of officiating by match officials.

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