O'Meara to miss Tipp's next game

Tipperary will be without the services of young full-forward Brian O'Meara for their opening game in the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers.

Tipperary will be without the services of young full-forward Brian O'Meara for their opening game in the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers.

O'Meara has had his yellow card from last weekend's Munster SHC quarter-final defeat to Cork upgraded to a red card 'category 2' offence, earning him a four-week suspension.

Having examined video footage, the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee asked match referee Barry Kelly to review the incident which saw Championship debutant O'Meara floor Cork defender Shane O'Neill shortly after half-time.

In his assessment, Kelly concluded that that he should have dismissed the Tipp number 14 for 'behaving in a manner dangerous to an opponent.'

O'Meara's attempted shoulder challenge, which caught O'Neill front on, perhaps looked more dangerous than it was as the Corkman stooped low having dropped an initial pass.

It was a clumsy, poorly-timed effort from the 20-year-old forward, but there was no obvious intent to harm O'Neill and observers will question whether the Association is going too far on disciplinary matters.

RTE's 'The Sunday Game' programme analysed the incident in a segment on red cards and consistency regarding referees last Sunday. They showed two frontal charges from the Wexford v Galway game which resulted in the dismissals of Andy Smyth and Diarmuid Lyng, and compared them with O'Meara's challenge which, former Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry suggested, should have been a sending-off.

Not for the first time, the GAA have reacted to television analysis by imposing a heavier sanction on a player. This 'trial by television' has caused concern before in GAA circles, and most notably drawn the ire of Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte.

However, Tipperary are reportedly not considering an appeal of O'Meara's ban.

The Premier County side are awaiting the draw for the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers, with the preliminary round taking place on June 26 and the first round proper on July 3.

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