Semi-final ref Brian Gavin hit with proposed ban

Brian Gavin, who will oficiate Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford, has been slapped with a proposed one-month ban for comments he made towards a match official after an Offaly club fixture.

Semi-final ref Brian Gavin hit with proposed ban

Gavin is set to mount a vigorous defence after being proposed for the suspension by the Offaly County Board Competitions Control Committee (CCC). The ban relates to an incident after a recent Offaly junior club football championship game.

Were Gavin to lose his appeal, he would be prohibited from refereeing for one month which would take him out of the equation for next month’s All-Ireland decider.

The proposed suspension, as confirmed by an Offaly County Board official last night, is a blanket ban on all GAA activity for 30 days.

Gavin, currently Clara GAA chairman, was reported by referee Pauric Pierce for comments he made during the County JFC quarter-final between Kilclonfert and Clara on Friday, July 24 at Durrow. Kilclonfert advanced to the semi-final and Gavin’s alleged verbal indiscretion was brought to the CCC’s attention by Pierce, who is also Offaly County Board Safety Officer.

The Clara chairman, according to the Midland Tribune, has exercised his right to a full hearing in front of the Hearings Committee.

Gavin is eligible to referee games until a verdict on his appeal is reached and as he is not expected to be summoned before the Hearings Committee this week, his officiating role at Croke Park on Sunday is not under threat.

  • Kilkenny are confident that star attackers Richie Hogan and TJ Reid will be fit for Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Waterford despite late injury scares.

2014 Hurler of the Year Hogan suffered a recent back problem in training, understood to be a spasm, but is recovering well. A Ballyhale source revealed Reid is carrying a suspected toe injury but will line out nonetheless.

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