Tuesday 21 May 2019

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy handed proposed four-week ban by the CCCC for 'disruptive conduct'

Dublin manager Mattie Kenny, right, and selector Greg Kennedy return to the pitch for the second half during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Mattie Kenny, right, and selector Greg Kennedy return to the pitch for the second half during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

DUBLIN selector Greg Kennedy has been hit with a proposed four-week ban arising from his unprecedented sliotar-catching intervention against Kilkenny last Saturday.

The suspension, if ratified, would prevent Kennedy from fulfilling his usual role as Dublin’s maor foirne for their next two Leinster SHC clashes, at home to Wexford this Sunday and away to Carlow on June 2.

However, he would be free to resume his match-day involvement for Dublin’s fourth and final round-robin tie, against his native Galway in Parnell Park on June 15.

A Dublin source expressed doubt on whether a hearing will be sought after the Central Competitions Control Committee recommended a four-week punishment. It’s understood the CCCC cited the selector for “disruptive conduct”.

Kennedy came in for stinging criticism from Kilkenny boss Brian Cody and the Nowlan Park faithful after he intercepted a quickly-taken TJ Reid free intended for Billy Ryan as the Cats sought to work a goal chance. 

He had been on the pitch in his role as Dublin’s runner. Referee Cathal McAllister was talking to a Dublin defender and had his back to the incident when Reid took the free. He took no action at the time other than to order Kennedy off the field.

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