Monday 28 May 2018

Keane to challenge Donegal red card

Keane was sent off for striking Michael Murphy
Keane was sent off for striking Michael Murphy
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mayo have confirmed that Kevin Keane will go before the Central Hearings Committee later this week to seek to have his red card from the Donegal game overturned.

Keane was sent off for striking Michael Murphy near the end but the gravity of the strike has led Mayo and Keane to believe that the sanction was too harsh.

Mayo joint-manager Noel Connelly said the appeal will take place later this week.

"I suppose it was an unfortunate incident," said Connelly. "We don't feel there was a whole pile in it. Please God he'll get through the appeal with success."

Connelly has confirmed that goalkeeper David Clarke, who was replaced at half-time by Rob Hennelly because of a groin strain, will be fit to play against Dublin on Sunday week and will take part in an internal match this weekend.

Tom Cunniffe, who also came off in the match and was replaced by Chris Barrett, will also be ready.

But Mickey Conroy has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury picked up in a club game over the weekend.

Conroy had a similar injury in 2013 and Connelly said he couldn't rule out that it was a recurrence.

The Mayo management said they had no issue with the appointment of Joe McQuillan as referee.

McQuillan took charge of the 2012 semi-final and 2013 final between the sides, after which Jim Gavin was highly critical of his performance despite winning. Prior to the 2012 game then manager James Horan expressed concern about McQuillan taking charge then.

Connelly, however, said Mayo have "no fear" of going to play Dublin in Croke Park because of past experiences.

Meanwhile, Tyrone's Tiernan McCann is expected to have his appeal against a proposed eight-week suspension heard tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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