Tyrone to appeal Penrose and Gormley bans

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has confirmed that the county will be appealing the one-match bans proposed for Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley.

Tyrone to appeal Penrose and Gormley bans

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has confirmed that the county will be appealing the one-match bans proposed for Martin Penrose and Conor Gormley.

Harte is hoping that either one or both of the players can have their suspensions overturned in time for Sunday week's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park.

"We have applied for a hearing to the Central Hearings Committee and we're delighted for the opportunity to do that, so that for the first time Conor Gormley and Martin Penrose can go along and put their side of the story of what happened from their perspective," explained the Tyrone boss.

"We're very hopeful that the people who are on that board will listen carefully to what they have to say and be in a better position to make a real judgement on what actually went on there."

During the Red Hands' most recent visit to GAA headquarters for their quarter-final against Monaghan, Penrose was red carded for allegedly striking Dessie Mone after the half-time whistle had been blown by referee Cormac Reilly.

Gormley also tangled with Mone - raising his right hand towards the Monaghan player's face - in the midst of the row, however he avoided any sanction from the match officials and was hit with a retrospective one-match ban by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee.

Harte was understandably frustrated that it took 10 days for the official notification of Gormley's suspension to surface, which leaves them with less time to mount a case for the Carrickmore defender.

"I don't know why that happened and I suppose the people that are in the position to make those calls have a good reason to make them that way, but maybe it is something they might look at and speed up in future. That's how it is right now and we have to get on with it.

"I didn't think he had a case to answer, but at the same time it had been mooted in various media circles that he should have.

"When that happens sometimes you tend to believe that something will follow. I'd still be very confident that Conor Gormley has a very strong case."

Speaking at a press night in Garvaghey, Harte says the Tyrone camp have moved on from the controversy surrounding Sean Cavanagh's much-debated 'rugby tackle' on Monaghan's Conor McManus last time out.

He also defended Cavanagh's reputation as a 'wholehearted' player and hit out at the media for the amount of air-time, column inches and website pages that were devoted to the Cavanagh-McManus incident.

Harte did not mention any specific media outlet but given that he comments about 'the totality of the whole weekend's action', it would suggest that he is alluding to a round-up programme like RTÉ's 'The Sunday Game'.

Let us not forget that the Tyrone County Board have had no relationship with RTÉ for the past two years over issues relating to Harte, and Joe Brolly's recent verbal attack on Cavanagh and Tyrone's alleged 'cynical fouling' was broadcast live by the national broadcaster.

"I think it's regrettable that a lot of emphasis is put on a particular incident in a game. There is too much in-depth analysis of a single incident in a game and the totality of the whole weekend's action isn't addressed in the same fashion," admitted Harte.

"That's disappointing and maybe that's something people can look and see is it being done in a fair and equitable fashion, or are people running with a soundbite that happens to be topical? That's for others to decide and make their judgement on, but sometimes you do wonder about that.

“People who present these things seem to have the ability to allow others to consider or think about it. It brings it into the public domain and when you bring it into the public domain and nothing is done about it, then the people who are legislating for this will be brought to task."

The three-time All-Ireland SFC title-winning manager added: "It's for us to put in the past, but it still happened and it’s regrettable that there's such a negative focus on such a wholehearted and honest sportsman as Sean Cavanagh.

"It's a pity that so much attention should be put on that aspect of a game. I have never seen him go to hurt anybody in his life, I've never seen him pull a dirty stroke in his life."

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