Clare management tight-lipped after Colm Collins hit with ban

Members of the Clare football management team were remaining tight-lipped last night over the 12-week ban handed down to Colm Collins.

The Clare football boss will not be allowed onto the sideline for their Munster quarter-final against Limerick at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday week. Banner officials yesterday confirmed they would not be appealing the suspension which is believed to have been served at the end of last month.

Collins was slapped with the 12-week ban after the Competitions Control Committee deemed he had interfered with the linesman during Clare’s final Division 3 league tie against Fermanagh on April 5.

Recalling the infringement, Clare chairman Michael McDonagh said Collins was animated when remonstrating with the linesman over a Shane McGrath effort waved wide.

“As a result, Colm was reported for minor physical interference. There was nothing major in what happened and there was nothing wrong in what Colm Collins did. I honestly believe the linesman will state that,” said McDonagh.

The Cratloe native is the third inter-county manager to suffer as a result of the new ruling introduced for the 2015 season, with Tipperary’s Peter Creedon and Carlow boss Turlough O’Brien penalised earlier this year, and McDonagh said no appeal would be lodged because they did not want to be “sidelined by the theatrics of an appeal. This matter is now at an end and it will not disrupt any match preparations involving the Clare senior footballers before their first round Munster championship game against Limerick on Saturday week.”

Meanwhile, Kerry minor football boss Jack O’Connor hailed the “unbelievable character” of his players following Wednesday’s extra-time win over Cork in the Munster semi-final.

“We dug that out unbelievably. A lot of people around the county would have said we didn’t have the same talent as last year. That was an exceptional team last year, but we’ve known from the start of the year that this is a tenacious team. Nothing won that but character,” said O’Connor.

“There were fellas coming off with cramp, there were fellas coming off that we had to put back on. Gavin White caught a kick-out there and I don’t know how in the name of God he caught it. That led to the winning point. Mark O’Connor made an unbelievable block to stop them getting the winning point.

“The one thing you want your lads doing is battling, leaving it all out there. That is what we did. Most teams would have thrown in the towel when Cork got the goal in the second period of extra-time, our lads went back up the field against a gale. We got it to the right man, Michael Foley. He was fresh. He did the business.”

  • The Clare footballers were well beaten by Dublin (4-13 to 0-14) in a challenge game at Hennessy Park, Miltown last evening


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