Wednesday 21 August 2019

Hughes to challenge two-month ban over row

Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Monaghan's Darren Hughes is to challenge a two-month ban for an incident in Sunday's first-round qualifier against Fermanagh when he was acting as a 'maor uisce' for his team.

Hughes, who is currently recovering from a broken ankle sustained in a club match earlier in the year, came into the playing area and got involved in an altercation that was developing between rival players.

Referee Maurice Deegan noted the incident in his report. He identified Hughes and the midfielder has been subsequently charged with physical interference with an opposing player, an offence that carries a minimum eight-week penalty as Hughes was considered to be a team official on the day. He has also been charged with contributing to a melee.

Hughes is expected to maintain in his challenge to a hearings panel that his involvement in the altercation was a peacekeeping one.

Hughes would not have been available for Monaghan's second-round qualifier against Armagh next week anyway because of the injury.

An injured player or any member of an extended squad is not, by regulation, allowed to fulfil the 'maor uisce' role and is not permitted on the field of play.

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