Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kildare and Monaghan await CCCC call on flashpoint

Colm Keys and Cliona Foley

Monaghan and Kildare face an anxious wait today to hear what additional penalties, if any, their players and officials will receive after their flashpoint in Clones on Sunday.

Over 20 players were embroiled in the incident, which continued as the players made their way off the field at the interval.

The Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) met yesterday evening on a number of disciplinary related issues and are expected to notify the counties of any additional proposed penalties today.

Kildare's Brian Flanagan was red-carded by referee Joe McQuillan when the teams returned after the break for his involvement in the incident, while three others -- Kildare's Padraig O'Neill and Monaghan's Dick Clerkin and Dessie Mone -- were yellow-carded.

Flanagan will be free to play in Friday's Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup final against DCU in Portlaoise (7.30). His -- minimum -- one-game ban will apply to Kildare's next league match, against Meath on March 3. The O'Byrne Cup operates under a different time-based disciplinary system, as opposed to the game-based system introduced for the Allianz Leagues.

Replays showed a Monaghan substitute raising his arm to Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney as the teams walked to their dressing-rooms.

Both counties have played down the incidents, with McGeeney admitting that players don't like stepping back from a confrontation.

Meanwhile, the CCCC will seek further information regarding Seanie Johnston's proposed transfer to Kildare club St Kevin's following yesterday's meeting.

Johnston must prove his permanent residency is Straffan, but Cavan County Board have cast doubts on his contention that he is living in the north Kildare village. If, as is now expected, the CCCC refuse Johnston's request he will have the option of appealing it and taking it to the Disputes Resolution Authority.

The final of the Waterford Crystal Cup, between Tipperary and Clare, could yet have a midweek date. It was originally fixed for next Sunday but that was decided last October before the inter-provincial semi-final dates were established, and they now take precedence.

Munster must now find a new date for their hurling decider but have confirmed that Sixmilebridge will definitely be the venue.

With the Allianz Hurling League starting on February 24, and the Fitzgibbon Cup being played on the next break (March 2/3), a midweek date is among the options being discussed.

Irish Independent

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