Monday 20 November 2017

Griffin earns reprieve after black-card appeal

Mark Griffin, Kerry
Mark Griffin, Kerry

Kerry's Mark Griffin has become the first inter-county player to have a black card rescinded, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Griffin sought a hearing after he was sent off for pulling back Alan Freeman in the 68th minute of the Kingdom's defeat by Mayo in the Allianz Football League earlier this month.

Kerry had already used their quota of six subs, so they had to finish the game with 14 men.

Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice made reference to the incident in his post-match summation and suggested that more players will go to ground when they are fouled to increase the prospects of an opponent being shown the black card.

In contrast to Griffin, Mayo's Andy Moran got away with a jersey pull on Daithi Casy, who, unlike Freeman, stood on his feet after the challenge.

A Central Hearings Committee has since wiped Griffin's slate clean.

However, they decided to uphold the black card shown to Kildare full-back Mick Foley for a high challenge on Davy Byrne in their league match against Dublin.

The challenges by Griffin and Foley are the first at inter-county level from almost 120 black card offences since the sanction was introduced.

Irish Independent

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