Tuesday 16 January 2018

Louth's Ryan Burns faces a spell on the sidelines after GAA uphold lengthy ban

Louth's Ryan Burns loses his appeal against 12-week ban
Louth's Ryan Burns loses his appeal against 12-week ban
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ryan Burns has failed in his appeal to get a 12-week ban reduced after his act of petulance against Longford earlier this month.

Burns was sent-off late in Louth’s qualifier defeat on 17 June after he directed a ball at an umpire in an act of annoyance.

Referee Noel Mooney dismissed Burns, but he had hoped to get the suspension reviewed at an appeal hearing heard by Croke Park’s Central Competitions Control Committee.

The initial ban was handed out for what was described as 'minor physical interference with an umpire' and while he offer mitigating circumstances at the appeal, the punishment will remain in place.

Ex-Louth manager Colin Kelly suggested after the game that the incident may prove costly for Burns as it may be seen in a similar light to the incident that resulted in Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly getting a 12-week ban and now those concerns have been realised.

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