Wednesday 17 January 2018

O’Brien cleared to face Tyrone in decider after CHC dismiss biting allegations

Dublin footballer Kevin O'Brien
Dublin footballer Kevin O'Brien

Martin Breheny and Cliona Foley

Kevin O'Brien will line out at right corner-back for Dublin in tomorrow's Allianz NFL final after being cleared of an allegation of biting an opponent during the recent league clash with Donegal.

The young defender is free to face Tyrone at Croke Park following the decision and Dublin are confident the whole controversy can now be put behind them. The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) proposed that O'Brien be suspended for three games arising from their investigation, but he took the case to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC), which decided in his favour.

The CHC issued a statement yesterday stating that "on the basis of the evidence provided and the submissions made on behalf of both parties, the infraction as alleged was not proven and the disciplinary action against the defending party is at an end."

It was alleged that Donegal forward Paddy McBrearty had been bitten during the game. The CCCC launched the investigation and thought they had enough evidence to propose a three-match ban.

Meanwhile, Jim Gavin has made two changes to his team – James McCarthy replacing Philly McMahon in defence and Bryan Cullen coming in for Jason Whelan.

Irish Independent

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