Diarmuid Connolly to miss Mayo replay after rejected appeal

By Stephen Barry

Star Dublin forward Diarmuid Connolly is out of Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay after the Central Hearings Committee upheld his one-game suspension.

Connolly received the ban from the CCCC after striking Mayo’s Lee Keegan during a tussle in last Sunday’s drawn game.

Dublin appealed the ban, coming in the wake of a number of successful appeals by Tyrone and Mayo, but were unsuccessful.

Jim Gavin will now have to plan without his full-forward, who would be eligible for the final should Dublin progress past Mayo.

Connolly was the only player banned after a hard-hitting semi-final in which he received the sole red card.

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