Sunday 18 August 2019

Stephen O'Brien will challenge potential All-Ireland final ban for third black card

A dejected Stephen O'Brien leaves the field after receiving a black card. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
A dejected Stephen O'Brien leaves the field after receiving a black card. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Stephen O'Brien will challenge the one-match ban that will potentially rule him out of next month's All-Ireland final with Dublin after picking up his third black card of the season in the dying stages of yesterday's All-Ireland semi-final victory over Tyrone.

O'Brien brought down Tyrone replacement Connor McAliskey to concede the last score of the game, a free from Peter Harte, but as it was his third black card this year, he stands suspended.

The Kenmare man put in a big performance and has been a huge Kerry influence all year.

O'Brien is now entitled to challenge all three black cards and would appear to have the best chance of having the one he picked up against Meath in the second half of last week's All-Ireland quarter-final phase three game rescinded.

Satisfy

O'Brien collided with Meath opponent Darragh Campion off the ball and Kerry will have to satisfy a hearings committee that, technically, it wasn't a black card offence.

Earlier in the season he picked up a red card for a yellow/black combination which constitutes one of the three that merit a ban.

Black cards picked up in the league weren't carried over for the championship because of the experimental sin-bin but when it was a black combined with a yellow, they stood.

Tyrone had one of Peter Harte's three black cards rescinded to free him to play Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final phase one game last month.

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