Thursday 22 March 2018

Dubs star Kelly facing four-week ban

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN'S high-flying hurlers have been hit by the threat of a four-week retrospective suspension to rising corner-back star Peter Kelly.

He has been cited for an incident in their Allianz League match against Offaly two weeks ago, when he pulled on a dropping ball and caught Shane Dooley, who needed 10 stitches and specialist surgery on his ear.

The referee gave Kelly a yellow card at the time, but the incident has been revisited by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), who have now proposed a four-week ban.

It would keep Kelly out of Dublin's big NHL games with Galway and Kilkenny, but the Lucan Sarsfield clubman is expected to appeal the suspension to the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) next week.

One of the Offaly selectors -- Brendan Kelly -- has received a four-week suspension from that game for using abusive language to the referee.

One of their players, Brian Mulrooney, who was sent off, has been unsuccessful in his appeal against a four-week ban for 'striking with the hurley (minimal force)'.

His was one of the latest in a raft of appeals heard by the CHC and the biggest talking point will be their decision to rescind the second yellow card that Kilmacud Crokes' Kevin Nolan received 23 minutes into their All-Ireland club semi-final against Crossmaglen.

The CHC has ruled that Nolan was incorrectly sent off and, as Crossmaglen's Danny Callaghan had won an earlier appeal, that means that two of the red cards that referee Maurice Condon awarded that day have since been overruled.

It has also emerged that Gareth O'Neill, joint-manager of eventual champions Crossmaglen, was reported for 'any type of physical interference with an opposing player' in that game and incurred an eight-week ban. He attended a hearing but subsequently withdrew his appeal and his ban dates from his hearing.

Fermanagh footballer Barry Mulrone, sent off in their NFL draw with Wicklow -- a game that featured 18 yellows -- has had his record corrected after the CHC ruled that his second yellow was incorrect, but Carlow hurlers Craig Doyle (four-week suspension) and Eamonn O'Brien (second yellow) were both unsuccessful with appeals.

Elsewhere, Laois hurling manager Brendan Fennelly has also been hit by the loss of a key player after Tommy Fitzgerald's surprise withdrawal from his squad.

Irish Independent

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