Waterford star banned for hurling qualifier

Waterford star banned for hurling qualifier
Cork’s Stephen McDonnell with Waterford’s Shane Bennett. Pic: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Waterford star Stephen Bennett has been hit with a one-match ban arising from an incident during last Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final defeat to Cork in Thurles, writes Jackie Cahill.

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) proposed the suspension after Bennett tugged Cork player Damien Cahalane’s faceguard.

The offence was missed by referee Barry Kelly but GAA disciplinary chiefs have decided to act nonetheless.

Waterford have also confirmed that they will not be contesting the charge, which means that Bennett, a key member of the U21 All-Ireland winning side last year, will miss the Déise’s first round All-Ireland qualifier tomorrow week.

Attacker Bennett (21) was cited for a category III (iv) infraction, specifically ‘behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of a faceguard or any part of an opponent’s helmet (in hurling).’

The minimum penalty for such an offence is a one-match suspension in the same code and same level, leaving Bennett ineligible for Waterford’s first outing through the back door.

Waterford sources have indicated that Bennett reacted to some provocation from Cahalane before the incident but have accepted the punishment and will not be requesting a sitting with the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee (CHC).

More in this Section

Disaster averted, but search for Arsenal identity continuesDisaster averted, but search for Arsenal identity continues

Ljungberg and Pellegrini in focus as Arsenal come back to beat West HamLjungberg and Pellegrini in focus as Arsenal come back to beat West Ham

Leinster’s Welsh strongman embracing fresh challengeLeinster’s Welsh strongman embracing fresh challenge

Arsenal fight back as Freddie Ljungberg celebrates first win at West HamArsenal fight back as Freddie Ljungberg celebrates first win at West Ham


Lifestyle

Carol O’Callaghan gets top expert tips on how to lay and decorate a glorious Christmas dinner table, creating a festive but stylish look to wow your visitors.Your go-to guide to laying the perfect Christmas table

Sometimes I think we impose Christmas on our kids. A couple of weeks back, my wife and I were all about The Late Late Toy Show and going to see Jack and The Beanstalk in the Everyman Theatre.Learner Dad: I think we impose Christmas on our kids

Darina Allen says it is time to make a shopping list for your Christmas meals to remove any stress and enjoy the break with your loved ones.Darina Allen: A feast of food and lots of fun

For our food special, our Currabinny duo, James Kavanagh and William Murray, dish up their top festive side plates.The Currabinny Cooks: Festive side plates to dish up this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner