Harnedy and Delaney await suspension fate ahead of 'relegation' clash
Cork's Seamus Harnedy and Kilkenny's Conor Delaney may yet miss the first round of their respective championship campaigns after being sent off at different venues on Sunday.
Harnedy was sent off for a wild pull against Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn while Delaney was deemed to have used the butt of his hurl on an opponent in Wexford, offences that will merit one-match bans.
But when those bans are served is still up in the air with the GAA's rules advisory committee expected to make a determination as to whether they can be served in Saturday's meaningless play-off game between the counties in Nowlan Park to determine who plays in what division in 2020.
The winners will be in Division 1A, the losers in 1B but apart from that, it is a glorified challenge match.
The rules indicate that such a game shouldn't count when it comes to serving a suspension, however.
Rule 7.5 (c) of the Official Guide which defines "next game in competition" in relation to suspensions stipulates that "a game or competition, the sole purpose of which is to determine qualification or relegation in respect of a following year's championship or league, shall not be deemed to be the "same competition" as that of the current year's championship or league as applicable and shall not entail a "next game suspension" arising from a current championship or league game."
The meeting of Cork and Kilkenny has been classified as a 'relegation' playoff, even though there is no relegation at stake.
Cork have Tipperary at home in the first round of the Munster championship on May 12 which Harnedy could now miss, while Kilkenny have a home match with Dublin on the same weekend, that could go ahead without Delaney.