Monday 15 July 2019

Injured Monaghan midfielder Hughes hit with eight-week ban over incident while acting as maor uisce

Darren Hughes. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Darren Hughes. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

THE GAA’s Central Hearings Committee has confirmed an eight-week suspension for currently injured Monaghan midfielder Darren Hughes.

The Central Competitions Control Committee had originally proposed the ban following an incident during Monaghan’s qualifier win over Fermanagh, when Hughes was acting as a water carrier.

Arising from the contents of referee Maurice Deegan’s match report, the player was cited by the CCCC for "any type of physical interference with an opposing player" while acting as maor uisce.

Hughes requested a hearing, which took place last night. The CHC found the alleged infraction "proven" and confirmed the minimum eight-week suspension, but the long-serving Monaghan player has the option of taking his case to the Central Appeals Committee.

Hughes is currently recovering from a broken ankle sustained on club duty with Scotstown, but he could recover for later in the championship on the proviso that Malachy O'Rourke's side advance deep into summer.

First up, however, they must survive a difficult round-two qualifier against Ulster rivals Armagh on Saturday night in Clones.

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