Dolan looks set for lengthy 48 weeks ban

Frankie Dolan is facing a lengthy ban after an alleged assault on the fourth official after last month’s Connacht Club final.

Dolan could be banned for up to 48 weeks following the incident after St Brigid’s four-point extra time loss to Mayo’s St Mitchell’s. The incident involving Sligo official John Gilmartin could see Dolan out of action until November 2014, although he has appealed the proposal.

“The referee reported Frankie assaulted the fourth official after the game and Frankie is getting a 48-week ban,” said St Brigid’s Club PRO Aine Martin.

“Technically what they do is issue a notification you have a ban and you have three days to decide whether you want a hearing or not. And we want a hearing. I can only tell you what Frankie told me and he said he was standing on the pitch after the match and somebody bumped into him and he didn’t know it was the fourth official. He said it wasn’t anything worth talking about.”

The former Roscommon corner-forward was suspended for two months in 2011 when video footage highlighted an altercation with Corofin selector Jimmy Sice after the Connacht final.

Dolan won the Roscommon Club footballer of the year award last month and was both 2012 and 2011 AIB Connacht Club footballer of the year. His brother Garvan has also been cited for an after-match incident and is also appealing. Connacht council secretary John Prenty added: “The hearing will take place in a few weeks. The referee has proposed a suspension to St Brigid’s and it has not been accepted.”

Dolan, now 36, travels with the St Brigid’s All-Ireland winning squad to Berlin today which will delay the hearing for the next few weeks.

The scorer of the winning point in last year’s All-Ireland final, and of 1-4 in this year’s county final; Dolan has shown no intentions of hanging up his boots in a career which took off during Roscommon’s Connacht championship victory in 2001.

“This was decision of the Connacht CCC and we’re very limited on what we can comment on. We were only made aware of it the weekend of the decision and we’ve looked for an early hearing,” said St Brigid’s chairman Michael McDonnell.

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