Central Hearings Committee confirm 48-week ban for Antrim's Matthew Fitzpatrick

Update 3.05pm: The GAA's Central Hearings Committee have confirmed that Antrim footballer Matthew Fitzpatrick has been handed a 48-week ban.

The ban comes as a result of an incident during the Saffrons' Division 3 meeting with Armagh in March.

The CHC claim that Fitzpatrick gave them false evidence about that incident and misled the hearing on May 4.

Antrim are said to be exploring an appeal, and Fitzpatrick could still feature in Sunday's Ulster quarter-final with Donegal.

Earlier:There are reports that Antrim's Matthew Fitzpatrick has been handed a 48-week suspension by the Central Hearings Committee.

According to the Irish News the punishment was handed out late last night but the Saffron's county board will appeal.

Central Hearings Committee confirm 48-week ban for Antrim's Matthew Fitzpatrick

The punishment relates to an incident in a game against Armagh in the league.

If Antrim appeal Fitzpatrick could still feature against Donegal this Sunday in their Ulster Championship opener.

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