Sunday 18 March 2018

WATCH: Diarmuid Connolly could face lengthy ban for incident with linesman

Dublin centre-half-forward Diarmuid Connolly could face a potential ban for an altercation with linesman Ciaran Branagan during Dublin's 0-19-0-7 win over Carlow on Saturday.

After a quiet first-half where he was held scoreless by Daniel St Ledger, Connolly was incensed early in the second-half when Branagan flagged a Carlow ball when Connolly was convinced that the restart should have been awarded to Dublin.

Branagan's decision infuriated Connolly to the point where he made contact with the linesman twice after already engaging in a separate altercation with Brendan Murphy and his Carlow teammates.

The St Vincents forward was already on a yellow card for a high tackle earlier in the half, and he was lucky to stay on the field after physically confronting Branagan.

However, Connolly could now face further disciplinary action if the GAA enforce a Category V infraction against the 29-year-old for his actions.

As part of the GAA's revamped system of suspensions, a category V offence can warrant the immediate sending off of an offender if the player makes a 'minor physical interference with a match official e.g. laying a hand on, pushing, pulling, jostling'.

Tipperary goalkeeper Evan Comerford was suspended for 12 weeks on Tuesday following an altercation with an official in a club game on Tuesday evening with referee Paddy Russell reporting him for a “minor physical interference”.

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