Galway captain Seán Kelly likely to be cleared to play in semi-final

Some significant changes are currently being considered by the GAA as they aim to tidy up matchday presentation following the scenes on show at the end of normal time in the Galway-Armagh game
Galway captain Seán Kelly likely to be cleared to play in semi-final

RED MIST: Referee David Coldrick red cards Galway’s Sean Kelly and Aidan Nugent of Armagh at the start of extra time. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Some significant changes are currently being considered by the GAA as they aim to tidy up matchday presentation following the scenes on show at the end of normal time in the Galway-Armagh game.

After a coming together of players from both counties, the television cameras picked up Armagh’s Tiernan Kelly who had his hand on the face of Galway opponent Damien Comer.

Kelly was not actually on the Armagh matchday panel, having discovered he had a blood clot in May and was ruled out of the rest of the inter-county season.

That he became embroiled in the melee afterwards is cause enough for GAA officials to seriously consider cutting back the privileges of extended panel members.

That may mean restricting them from accessing the dressing-rooms on the day, being able to sit among the substitutes, or even insisting on a smaller number of people attached to the matchday squad and management, in time for the 2023 season.

The early indications for what could transpire this week include Galway captain Seán Kelly being cleared of his red card and thereby able to face Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final on July 9.

Armagh joint-captain Aidan Nugent also received a red card that could rule him out of the first game at inter-county level in 2023, but it is believed he has a solid case for overturning that suspension.

Video evidence however is expected to land Tiernan Kelly and one other Armagh player with a suspension, along with a Galway substitute.

What length of suspension and the extent of the punishment depends on the type of charge brought.

If it is one of ‘discrediting the association’, it is difficult to make the charge stand, but can carry as much as a 48-week ban.

That Kelly was a non-playing member puts a certain amount of pressure on those dealing with it to hand down a severe sanction.

Meanwhile, the referee’s appointments for this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-finals have been made.

As expected, Fergal Horgan of Tipperary has been appointed to the Saturday evening semi-final of Kilkenny and Clare, that game throwing-in at 5.30pm.

The following day, his son Eoin is in goal for the Tipperary minors against Offaly in the All-Ireland final, played at Nowlan Park with Shane Hynes of Galway getting the action underway at 1.30pm.

Sunday’s senior semi-final between holders Limerick and Galway will be refereed by Waterford’s Thomas Walsh, with throw-in time timed at 3.30pm.

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