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It’s now been confirmed (with thanks to @clubmayo for the heads-up) that, arising from yesterday’s fractious All-Ireland semi-final, the CCCC is proposing what the Irish Times states “is believed to be” a one-match ban for Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly following the red card he was issued late in the game. The disciplinary body is not proposing any sanctions on other players arising from the match.
It’s almost certain that Dublin will appeal the recommended ban (they’ve nothing to lose and possibly everything to gain from doing so) and if they do a CHC hearing will need to be held between now and Saturday to decide whether or not it should be upheld.
In related news, the former refereeing head buck cat Pat McEnaney has added his tuppence to yesterday’s events. In an interview with Balls.ie (here) the man who made such a horse’s arse of refereeing the 1996 All-Ireland reckons that Philly McMahon didn’t head-butt Aidan O’Shea (he was clearly better placed than Aido was, then). His best line comes at the end of the interview, though, where he says that Jonny Cooper’s disgusting rake on Diarmuid O’Connor was “borderline” but that he too would have given the Na Fianna clubman a yellow card as “he’s not that type of player”.
Never mind what the foul was, assess the colour of card on your opinion of the player doing the fouling. Sure, that logic could only be used by someone entrusted to be the GAA’s refereeing chief. You truly couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?