Monday 22 October 2018

Relief for Corofin ahead of club final as full forward Farragher has controversial red card rescinded

17 February 2018; Martin Farragher of Corofin speaks to referee Derek O'Mahoney prior to being sent off during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Corofin and Moorefield at O'Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
17 February 2018; Martin Farragher of Corofin speaks to referee Derek O'Mahoney prior to being sent off during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Corofin and Moorefield at O'Connor Park in Tullamore, Offaly. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Corofin full-forward Martin Farragher, who was controversially sent off in the second minute of the All-Ireland club football semi-final against Moorefield last month, has been cleared to play in the final on St. Patrick’s Day.

Much to the relief of player and club, the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee decided that he had no case to answer so he will be able to take his place on the Galway champions’ team for the clash with Cork and Munster champions Nemo Rangers.

Following consultation with a linesman, Tipperary referee, Derek O’Mahoney dismissed Farragher after an incident in the semi-final which TV footage showed was not as serious as it might have appeared.

The footage proved conclusively that Farragher was not guilty of any wrongdoing but, having seen sent off on a straight red card, he faced a ban which would have kept him out of the All-Ireland final.

He took his case to CHC, who accepted that he was innocent.

Despite being a man down for 58 minutes, Corofin beat the Kildare champions by three points in the semi-final.

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