Tuesday 12 November 2019

Hogan fails to overturn his All-Ireland final dismissal

Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has failed to overturn his All-Ireland final red card against Tipperary. (stock photo)
Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has failed to overturn his All-Ireland final red card against Tipperary. (stock photo)

Frank Roche and Michael Verney

Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has failed to overturn his All-Ireland final red card against Tipperary.

Croke Park yesterday revealed the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) has found the case against Hogan to be "proven" following his pivotal sending-off late in the first half.

The 2014 Hurler of the Year now stands suspended for Kilkenny's opening fixture in the 2020 Allianz League, although he has the option of appealing the CHC ruling to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

Hogan was dismissed by Wexford referee James Owens after 33 minutes of this year's showpiece, following a high challenge on Tipp defender Cathal Barrett.

He was duly reported for "behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent".

Hogan vehemently protested his innocence - and again in an Newstalk interview later that week.

"I was going in for a shoulder on Cathal Barrett, he stepped inside and my momentum took me through. In my opinion, there was absolutely no way it was a sending-off," he told 'Off The Ball'.

"I was complaining about getting a yellow card, because it was one of those clearly accidental, honest challenges. I just assumed that he had taken the wrong card, to be honest with you."

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His protestations have now fallen on deaf committee ears after the CHC found the infraction proven after a hearing on Monday of this week.

Peacekeeping Meanwhile, Brian Cody will be without Paul Murphy for the entirety of next season's league campaign as the experienced Kilkenny defender heads to Lebanon next week on peace-keeping duties with the Irish Army.

Murphy has been a regular fixture in the Kilkenny defence for the past decade but the four-time All-Star won't feature for the Cats during the spring and faces six months without competitive action.

The Danesfort defender - who turns 31 in January - was one of Kilkenny's star performers in their run to this year's All-Ireland final and he should be available for selection for their opening Leinster SHC round-robin clash against Dublin on May 8/9.

Murphy will be serving with the Defence Forces in the 115th Infantry Battalion UNIFIL mission alongside Kilkenny team-mate Richie Reid, who is expected to miss club action with defending All-Ireland champions Ballyhale Shamrocks over the coming weeks.

One man who will be involved with the Cats set-up in the spring is Martin Comerford after the O'Loughlin Gaels man and former All-Star forward was confirmed as one of Cody's selectors for the season ahead. He joins DJ Carey and James McGarry on the selection panel.

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