Sunday 17 December 2017

'It was complete b******s' - Joe Brolly's comments sum up whole farce as he confirms Antrim star has been cleared

Joe Brolly (left) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (right).
Joe Brolly (left) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (right).

Antrim forward Matt Fitzpatrick's proposed 48-week suspension from the GAA has been thrown out, according to Joe Brolly.

The Saffrons turned to barrister Brolly to spearhead their appeal against the 48-week suspension handed down to Fitzpatrick for allegedly giving false evidence and misleading a hearing.

Fitzpatrick had already twice avoided one-match bans proposed by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) for the incident in their March Division 3 league match against Armagh but had been charged with a much more serious offence arising out of his third trip to face the Central Hearings Committee (CHC).

Fitzpatrick had been suspended under rule 7.33 (aa) (4) of the Official Guide which punishes any member found by the CHC to have given deliberately false evidence, whether orally or in writing, or to have deliberately misled any hearing, with a 48-week ban.

Brolly took to Twitter to reveal that Fitzpatrick's appeal had been upheld.

Matt Fitzpatrick's appeal upheld by CAC just now. Decision quashed. Free to play on Sunday. The law will set you free.

"I can reveal that the case v Matt Fitzpatrick was thrown out on the well known legal basis that it was complete b******s.".

Original video footage could not conclusively determine if Fitzpatrick was the player the CCCC sought to identify, even though he had been named by an Antrim official, but fresh evidence is believed to have made it possible on the third occasion.

Fitzpatrick is now free to play in Antrim's Ulster SFC opener against Donegal in Ballybofey.

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