Coughlan hit with 12-month ban as Cork farce escalates
ANOTHER dramatic day for Cork City Football Club concluded with owner Tom Coughlan receiving a ban from 'football-related activity' for 12 months but vowing to fight on against the FAI with claim and counter claim flying from both sides.
The decision made by the Independent Disciplinary Committee, which leaves the future of Premier Division football in Cork in further jeopardy, took place after a hearing where Coughlan wasn't present -- he had already left FAI HQ, insisting he had other business to attend to after being left waiting for over 45 minutes for a meeting to begin, with one of the committee members running late.
However, the timeline is contested by the FAI, who counter that Coughlan had already postponed the hearing on two occasions and wanted to put it back until January. The controversial figure was summoned on the charge of bringing the game into disrepute after a year of embarrassing off-the-field crises on Leeside featuring a series of unpaid bills and wages in addition to High Court jousts with the Revenue.