Sunday 17 December 2017

Deise to appeal Shane O'Sullivan ban to DRA ahead of Cork clash

Waterford's Shane O'Sullivan in action against Padraig Brehony during his team's win over Galway
Waterford's Shane O'Sullivan in action against Padraig Brehony during his team's win over Galway
Referee Johnny Ryan issues a red card to Waterford's Shane O'Sullivan during the play-off against Dublin on March 30. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Waterford are to take a case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) on behalf of their hurling midfielder Shane O'Sullivan, who stands suspended for their opening Munster hurling quarter-final clash against Cork on May 25.

O'Sullivan was sent off by referee Johnny Ryan in their Division 1A relegation play-off at Walsh Park on March 30. The Ballygunner man subsequently received a one-match ban for striking with minimal force and that was upheld after O'Sullivan presented himself for a personal hearing in April.

The case was then referred to the Central Appeals Committee which also determined that the suspension should stand.

However, Waterford sources have confirmed that a hearing is being sought on the basis that O'Sullivan has grounds for a case to be taken to arbitration in a bid to liberate him for the Cork game.

The number of DRA cases involving inter-county players has ebbed since the early years of arbitration when some were successfully challenged. But the GAA's disciplinary system has become much more robust and streamlined in recent years and the use of match bans appears to have created a fairer landscape.

Waterford's problems were compounded over the weekend when Philip Mahony – arguably their best defender in the league campaign – sustained a double leg fracture and a dislocated ankle and was operated on in the Whitfield Clinic earlier in the week.

Stephen Molumphy suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury, while Maurice Shanahan aggravated a back injury and both are doubtful for the Cork clash.

Richie Foley and one of last year's All-Ireland minor title winners Stephen Bennett are making good recoveries from hip injuries and played for their clubs last weekend, as did Brian O'Halloran (ankle).

But they are still a long way off full fitness. Stephen Daniels and Daragh Fives are long-term absentees through injury.

Irish Independent

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