Latest Carlow appeal fails as trio remain out for Meath clash
Carlow have failed at the latest stage of the disciplinary process to have midfielder Brendan Murphy, manager Turlough O'Brien and coach Steven Poacher cleared to have any involvement in Saturday's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath in Portlaoise.
The process has been ongoing since the conclusion of their league campaign on Sunday, March 17 when all three were charged with using threatening conduct to a referee in the wake of a NFL Division 3 loss to Down.
Murphy and Poacher were banned for 12 weeks, while O'Brien (pictured) - who had challenged a proposed 16-week ban - had it raised to 20 weeks by the Central Hearings Committee.
All three appealed those suspensions but the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) ruled them out of order. A Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) panel last week referred their cases back to the CAC who convened again on Monday night but were satisfied the suspensions should stand.
It was thought unlikely last night that Carlow would seek a second DRA judgement though this could not be confirmed.
Deeper Murphy will miss the Meath game in O'Moore Park and a potential semi-final against Westmeath or Laois if they progress that far. O'Brien and Poacher's suspensions will stretch deeper into the summer.
Last week the man who has been handed the Carlow reins, Tommy Wogan, pointed out that Murphy was absent last summer when Carlow took out Kildare and Louth to reach a Leinster semi-final after the player went to the US.
Wogan said O'Brien was left "disappointed" by what had happened and revealed the county's anger over the failure of referee James Bermingham to give them what they felt was an obvious free in a great position near the end of their one-point defeat to Down.
They also felt let down by a further refereeing decision in an earlier game against Westmeath that they drew.
"You're talking about two poor refereeing decisions possibly costing us staying in the division," said Wogan, who has overseen preparation for the championship with Benji O'Brien and fitness coach Damien Sheehan.
Meanwhile, it's unlikely that Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney will face any sanction as a result of his collision with Down's Kevin McKernan at the end of normal time in last Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final in Newry.