Hearing set for school's black-card appeal
THE first major black card controversy has resulted in an official appeal which will be heard in the Munster Council offices in Limerick tomorrow night.
Cork school Colaiste Chriost Ri has lodged an objection to the result of their Munster Schools SFC A (Corn Ui Mhuiri) quarter-final against Kerry side Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibne on the basis that referee Kevin Walsh made a serious black-card blunder in the game.
The Kerry school's captain was shown both the yellow and black card during his side's extra-time win at Killarney.
Under the new rule, a player who is shown two cards cannot be replaced, but the referee allowed the Kerry school to replace the midfielder after he was shown the black card.
Colaiste Chriost Ri's manager tried to address the issue when it occurred but the referee waved him away. The Cork school lost the game 0-12 to 1-6 after extra-time.
As it stands, Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibne are due to play St Brendan's Killarney in an all-Kerry semi-final.
Chorca Dhuibne are the two in-a-row defending champions. They are jointly managed by current county senior boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice and ex-Kingdom midfielder Tommy Griffin.
St Brendan's include two players – Michael Burns and Tony Brosnan – who are also chasing an All-Ireland club senior medal as they are part of the Dr Crokes panel.
The other semi-final, between De La Salle Macroom and St Fachtna's Skibbereen, has been fixed for February 8 but no date has been set for the second until this black-card row is resolved.
Meanwhile, an almost six-month delay in playing the 2013 Ulster SHC final between Antrim and Down has resulted in the Kehoe Cup semi-final between Down and Kildare being postponed.
The long overdue Ulster final will go ahead at Celtic Park on Sunday (2.30).