Wednesday 21 August 2019

Davy Fitzgerald set to escape sideline ban after confrontation

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald following the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3A match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald following the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3A match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Angry: Davy Fitzgerald. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald may escape with just a warning after his latest confrontation with an official in Sunday's Leinster SHC draw with Galway.

If Fitzgerald has been reported for just an encroachment and not abusive language, which he insisted afterwards he hadn't used, a warning is the most likely censure from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) rather than a sideline ban for their next game, at home to Carlow on June 8.

Fitzgerald challenged officials when Wexford defender Damien Reck was the victim of a third man tackle, having earlier suffered a blood injury when he was struck in the face by a hurl.

He was ordered to the stand as he persisted with remonstrating, first with the fourth official and then with referee Johnny Murphy.

Fitzgerald was also in trouble with officials when Wexford last played Galway in Pearse Stadium in a March league quarter-final. Initially proposed for a three-month suspension, he had it reduced to one month at a Hearings Committee meeting.

Two years ago Fitzgerald served a two-month ban when he was charged with physical interference with an opposing player after clashing with two Tipperary players.

Meanwhile, the CCCC are unlikely to take any further action for the half-time tunnel incident in MacHale Park when Mayo and Roscommon players clashed during Saturday night's Connacht semi-final, as referee David Gough has already dealt with it.

Patrick Durcan, Lee Keegan, Niall Daly and Cathal Cregg received yellow cards when the teams resurfaced for the second-half.

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