Clare's Kelly hit with 10-week ban

Graham Kelly's inter-county season looks to be over after he was given a 10-week suspension for clashing with John Miskella in last Sunday's Munster SFC quarter-final.

Graham Kelly's inter-county season looks to be over after he was given a 10-week suspension for clashing with John Miskella in last Sunday's Munster SFC quarter-final.

The Clare wing forward was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Miskella at Pairc Ui Chaoimh which led to his dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Clearly frustrated, Kelly then aimed a headbutt at Miskella right in front of referee Eddie Kinsella before leaving the pitch.

The ban, which tallies up two months for the headbutt and two more weeks for a repeat offence within the 48-week window, means he will not be eligible to play for Clare until July 30.

The Banner men may well be out of the Championship by then. They would have to embark on an extended run in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers in order for Kelly to return.

He was also sent-off for a second booking in Clare's All-Ireland qualifier loss to Offaly in Tullamore last June.

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