Tuesday 20 March 2018

St Brigid's to contest 48-week ban for Frankie Dolan

Frankie Dolan
Frankie Dolan
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

ALL-IRELAND club football champions St Brigid's have confirmed they will seek a hearing after star player Frankie Dolan was hit with a proposed 48-week suspension following an incident in their Connacht club SFC final defeat to Castlebar.

Dolan was not one of the four players sent off by referee Marty Duffy during their stormy extra-time defeat to the Mayo side, but it is understood he was named in the referee's report after an altercation with an official. The club will also seek a hearing on the three-month proposed ban picked up by Frankie's brother, Garvan.

"We can confirm that we will be seeking a hearing from the Connacht Council," club chairman Michael McDonnell said. "After that we will see where we stand, but we wouldn't like to comment any further on it at the moment."

Frankie was the star of the show as the Roscommon side secured All-Ireland honours with a thrilling win over Dublin's Ballymun Kickhams last March, but a 48-week ban would see him miss out on all of next season, when the Kiltoom side will go in search of a fifth successive county title.

Neither of the Dolan brothers were among the three St Brigid's players sent off during the game and the club have yet to make a definitive decision on whether to query the dismissals of Ian Kilbride, Darragh Donnelly or Richie Blaine.

Castlebar midfielder Barry Moran also saw red in the game that saw referee Duffy come in for some criticism, with veteran Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran claiming the Sligo official "lost complete control" of the game.

Irish Independent

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