'The black card in the Meath game was very harsh' - Kerry to appeal Stephen O'Brien suspension

'The black card in the Meath game was very harsh' - Kerry to appeal Stephen O'Brien suspension
Stephen O'Brien celebrates his goal against Tyrone yesterday. Pic: Sportsfile

Kerry will be appealing Stephen O'Brien's suspension which would rule him out of the All-Ireland football final against Dublin on September 1.

The Kenmare clubman scored the only goal as the Kingdom beat Tyrone by 1-18 to 0-18 in their semi-final yesterday afternoon.

He picked up his third black card of the season late on, however, which results in a one-match ban.

O’Brien was asked about the prospect of missing the Dublin game: "I was aware of that going in, and I think the black card in the Meath game was very harsh.

"I was running off the ball, it was an accidental head clash, and I’ll certainly be appealing that one."

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Kingdom boss Peter Keane added: "If there’s a possibility of appealing it we will, you want everyone that you can possibly have. Stephen is no different."

Kerry will go into the final as underdogs against a Dublin team chasing five-in-a-row.

Jim Gavin's men haven't lost in the Championship since the 2014 semi-final defeat to Donegal.


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