Monday 11 December 2017

Clonmel boss to appeal suspension

McGeever has been handed the lengthy suspension after a verbal altercation with a touchline official. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
McGeever has been handed the lengthy suspension after a verbal altercation with a touchline official. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Jackie Cahill

Clonmel Commercials manager Charlie McGeever is appealing against a whopping six-month touchline ban.

McGeever, who guided the Tipperary club to an historic Munster title last year, has been handed the lengthy suspension after a verbal altercation with a touchline official. The incident took place following the recent county minor 'A' football final, as Commercials lost out to the Galtee Rovers/Golden combo.

As the issue is currently under appeal, it is understood that McGeever will be free to patrol the touchline when Commercials take on Loughmore-Castleiney in next Sunday's county SFC semi-final in Boherlahan. But if Commercials advance, McGeever may have to abstain from sideline duties for the final seven days later.

As well as masterminding county and provincial glory for Commercials in 2015, McGeever also guided the Tipperary minor footballers to an All-Ireland final appearance against Kerry.

Meanwhile, Tipperary football board chiefs are extremely unhappy with the venue choice for the Premier County's senior decider.

Requests to host the game at Semple Stadium were turned down by county board top brass. Sunday, October 30 was deemed out for the football showpiece as Semple Stadium is already in use for a Munster Club SHC quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and the Waterford champions, Passage or Ballygunner. The football final was fixed for Cashel instead, despite appeals from football board officials.

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