06 Jun

Diarmuid Connolly set to appeal against 12 week ban

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Posted by LiveGaelic in News | Jun 2017

The CCCC are set to meet tonight to review footage of the Diarmuid Connolly incident against Carlow on Saturday night.

The Dublin attacker looks certain to get a 12-week ban as the video will clearly show him putting his hand on linesman Ciaran Brannigan during their easy victory at the weekend.

As we all know Diarmuid always appeals and St. Vincent’s man will no dought bring his case to the Disputes Resolution Authority where he got cleared to play the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo.

In that case, his suspension had been upheld by both the Central Hearings Committee and the Central Appeals Committee after Connolly appeared to hit Lee Keegan in an off-the-ball incident but amazingly the Disputes Resolution Authority let him play the match. This was due to lack fair procedure.

“The Panel’s decision related to lack of fair procedure afforded to Mr. Connolly at an early stage in the GAA’s internal disciplinary process which unfairly hindered the preparations for, and presentation of, his defence. Mr Connolly was thus free to play in the replay of the above match on 5 September.

“This statement is for informational purposes only. A full, written award reflective of the hearing as a whole, will be issued by the above DRA Panel within two weeks and will be published on sportsdra.ie.”This was due to the GAA not following procedure.

The fact that no action was taken by referee Sean Hurson during the match and the linesman never reported the incident to the referee which would have lead to him being set off, Connolly’s breach of Rule 5.32, which relates to “minor physical interference” we think it will be thrown out at some stage of the appeals process.

“I think he’ll be cited and will face disciplinary action,” Former Dublin manager Paul ‘Pillar’ Caffrey wrote in his column in the Irish Daily Mirror on Monday.

“If that happens, there’s only one suspension for what he did – a 12-week ban.

“It really was a moment of madness – it nearly brought me back to that Paul Galvin incident a few years ago and if he is punished for it then he’ll be out until the All-Ireland final, if Dublin do make it that far.

“He’s 30 years of age now. It’s 10 years since he made his Dublin debut. Let’s put it in context – Dublin are going to win this match one way or the other by 10-plus points and he’s arguing over a line ball midway through the second-half.

“He should have been sent off for putting his hand on the linesman. It’s crazy, a total lack of discipline. I’d feel very strongly that he’s let his teammates down.”

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