Kettle: No blood sub rule broken by Mayo

A Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) decision from six years ago has convinced Dublin not to appeal against Mayo’s use of substitutes in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, the Irish Examiner reports.

A Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) decision from six years ago has convinced Dublin not to appeal against Mayo’s use of substitutes in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, the Irish Examiner reports.

County chairman Andy Kettle confirmed that after deliberating amongst management committee members and their attention being drawn to the DRA’s ruling in favour of Offaly after a protest by Kildare following the use of six substitutes in the Leinster SFC quarter-final, they opted not to follow up the matter.

Kildare had brought a case to the DRA when Offaly’s Pascal Kelleghan was forced off in the first half with a blood injury and was replaced by James Coughlan.

However, Kelleghan returned to the action in the second-half in the place of Trevor Phelan.

Similarly on Sunday, Mayo’s Kevin McLoughlin was replaced by Colm Boyle but came back on in place of another player, Jason Doherty.

Satisfied that proper procedure was followed by Mayo’s management and board officials, Kettle said Dublin won’t be taking the case any further.

"Mayo broke no rule," he said. "They were quite within their rights to do what they did, as we discovered having studied the DRA ruling in 2006.

"We wish them the very best of luck in the All-Ireland final."

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