Thursday 14 December 2017

Forde hit with eight-week ban after appeal fails

Wexford caoah Matty Forde. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.
Wexford caoah Matty Forde. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile.

Brendan Furlong

Wexford's senior football forwards coach Matty Forde has been handed an eight-week suspension.

Wexford's celebrated lone football All Star failed in his appeal to the Appeals Committee in Croke Park against a recommended ban.

The recommended ban from Central Controls Competitions Committee (CCCC) arose out of an incident during the county's opening round game against Leitrim in Bellefield.

The incident was alleged to have taken place during the second half when a group of players went over the sideline in a chase for possession close to the home side's dug-out.

However, despite the fact that little was made of the alleged incident at the time, referee Martin McNally, after consulting with Meath linesman David Gough, gave Forde just three minutes to leave the pitch.

Wexford County Board decided to appeal the recommended ban with Forde given a personal hearing last Thursday night.

However, despite Wexford's plea, Forde was handed an eight-week ban which technically means that he will be unable to have any input into Wexford's senior football preparations during that period of suspension, which is a blow to manager David Power.

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