Monday 26 February 2018

Fitzgerald to attend Cork clash before appealing 12-week ban

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WATERFORD hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald will be on the sideline for their big Allianz NHL clash against Cork tomorrow, despite facing a 12-week sideline ban.

Wexford referee James Owens has cited the Decies boss for alleged comments he made at last weekend's Division 1 game against Tipperary, a charge that Fitzgerald intends to appeal. The fact that the appeal will not be heard until next week means the Clare man is free to preside over his team this weekend.

Waterford secretary Tim O'Keeffe confirmed that the manager is seeking a hearing and that Deise officials would not be commenting until that takes place.

Despite having two players -- Clinton Hennessy and Shane O'Sullivan -- dismissed during the game, Fitzgerald did not criticise the referee afterwards.

"I hope the referee will see sense in his report," he said after the game. "I have not criticised him; I would be disappointed in a few different things but I'm not going to criticise anybody."

If Fitzgerald's appeal is unsuccessful he would be suspended until two weeks before his side's Munster Championship opener against Limerick on June 12. Waterford confirmed that Hennessy and O'Sullivan have received four-week match bans and will not be contesting them.

Elsewhere, Antrim hurling boss Dinny Cahill has lashed out at what he perceives as refereeing inconsistencies and has accused the GAA of sending less experienced referees to do non-Division 1 games. Antrim's Eddie McCloskey got a straight red last week and had his appeal thrown out on Wednesday night.

Comparing their Division 2 game to one of last week's Division 1 matches Cahill said: "There were some decisions in that game (Cork v Galway) that, if Eddie got a red for what he did, there would have been at least six reds in that game.

"It is the inconsistency that is puzzling me and is demoralising the players but at least we have Brian Gavin, a top referee, in charge this week."

Antrim play Carlow, whose star forward Craig Doyle is having a red card appeal heard today.

Irish Independent

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