Kerry and Donegal set to contest €7,500 fines

Kerry and Donegal are expected to contest the proposed €7,500 fines handed down to them following Sunday’s fractious Division 1 game in Tralee.

Kerry and Donegal set to contest €7,500 fines

Donegal are also likely to seek a meeting with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) after a one-match ban was recommended for Neil McGee for his involvement in the incident, which saw Alan Fitzgerald sent off for striking the Donegal defender.

No Kerry player was hit with a proposed retrospective suspension but Kingdom officials will today confer about questioning the severity of the fine suggested by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC).

Armagh and Fermanagh were hit with €5,000 fines arising from half-time altercations in their Division 2 match last month. There is a body of thought in Kerry and Donegal that contesting the fines in front of the CHC at the very least could see the proposed fines reduced.

Kerry may also consider querying Fitzgerald’s one-match ban, although it’s more probable than possible, while Donegal appear resigned to losing Leo McLoone for Sunday’s game against Roscommon after he was shown a straight red card by Eddie Kinsella even though he had earlier picked up a yellow card.

Having reviewed video evidence of the incident between McGee and Fitzgerald which led to the Kerry forward being red-carded for a strike on the Donegal defender, the CCCC chose to hand down a suspension to McGee following a conference meeting yesterday morning.

As things stand, McGee will miss the clash with Roscommon in Letterkenny, having been landed with the category 3 offence. However, it is understood Donegal have video evidence of their own, which they believe will support McGee’s contesting of the provisional punishment.

Last year, Dublin and Armagh were each hit with €6,500 penalties when their players became embroiled in s melee prior to their challenge game in Glasnevin. Dublin’s Davy Byrne was left hospitalised as a result of the fracas.

Armagh were also fined €5,000 along with Cavan for their scuffles that broke out prior to the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final parade. Fermanagh have confirmed they will contest the recent fine and Armagh are expected to do the same.

Meanwhile, Tyrone U21 coach Peter Canavan has described as “ludicrous” the decision to scrap the U21 All-Ireland football championship.

From 2018 onwards, an U20 developmental championship will be put in place instead of it and will run over the summer months involving players not on senior county panels.

Canavan said Congress pressed the panic button in attempting to address the issues of burnout and fixture congestion. “It’s hard to believe, hard to fathom, especially with the drop-out rate in Gaelic football. Young lads in their early 20s, that’s the time that the majority of lads drop out of football, and here we have a very good competition that has stood the test of time.

“It’s the perfect blooding ground for getting players ready for senior football and yet they’re doing away with it. I’m extremely disappointed, I think it’s change for the sake of change, and not based on proper reasoning.

“There’s no doubt that fixture scheduling is a major problem in the GAA. But I think that by doing away with the U21s they have pressed the panic button. There were other options and ways in which they could have got around that.”

Canavan also questioned U20 players on senior county teams being barred from playing in the new competition. “How serious can you take a competition whenever your best players can’t play in it? It just doesn’t stack up, it doesn’t make sense, and it would make you wonder are they trying to do away with this level of football altogether when they have come up with this ludicrous decision.”

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