Tuesday 19 November 2019

Stapleton hit with ban over Laois incident

Former inter-county referee Anthony Stapleton has been handed a four-week ban by the Laois board. Stock picture
Former inter-county referee Anthony Stapleton has been handed a four-week ban by the Laois board. Stock picture
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Former inter-county referee Anthony Stapleton has been handed a four-week ban by the Laois board after an incident involving match officials at the Laois SHC final.

Stapleton, who watched his club Rathdowney-Errill narrowly fall to Camross, was given the suspension for his part in an altercation after the full-time whistle.

There was better news for Darrell Dooley, however, with Laois Today reporting that the Camross player's two-game suspension has been lifted after a sitting of the Laois GAA Hearings Committee this week.

Dooley was banned following an investigation into the incident which saw Rathdowney-Errill's Ross King - this year's Laois captain - suffer a serious facial injury which forced him out of the game late in the first half and left him requiring substantial dental treatment.

Overturned Dooley received a yellow card at the time from referee John O'Brien but was later suspended by Laois GAA before Camross sought a hearing to appeal the decision which resulted in the ban being overturned.

It leaves Dooley free to play against first-time Wexford champions Naomh éanna with the two sides slated to meet in the Leinster club championship on November 4.

Elsewhere, Tipperary football boss Liam Kearns has added Martin Horgan and former Cork star Paudie Kissane to his backroom team for 2019 as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing season in his fourth year with the Premier men.

Kearns has handed captaincy for next season to Conor Sweeney with Alan Campbell his vice-captain but the Kerry native must plan without midfielder George Hannigan.

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