Diving to be black or red card offence

IN THE CLEAR: Tiernan McCann is free to play in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash withKerry after his proposed eight-week ban was thrown out.

Next year’s Congress is likely to vote on a motion upgrading a dive from a yellow card to a black or red card offence in the wake of the Tiernan McCann case.

Either or both the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) and the standing playing rules committee will put forward a proposal calling for a harsher penalty. The news comes in the wake of Tyrone’s McCann having his proposed eight-week ban for bringing the game into disrepute thrown out by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) in Croke Park in the early hours of yesterday morning.

In a press release from the GAA yesterday, the CHC found McCann should not have faced such a penalty but instead should have been issued with a yellow card by referee Marty Duffy.

The group, led by Meath solicitor and former DRA and Central Appeals Committee chairman Liam Keane, stated they found “the infraction as alleged was not proven but that the facts proven disclosed the less serious Infraction of attempting to achieve an advantage by feigning an injury for which he should have been cautioned”.

It now means Darren Hughes, who was sent off as a result of McCann’s feigning, will be successful with his hearing next week as the CHC have all but shown in their McCann decision that the Monaghan has no case to answer. Hughes stands to miss the first game of next year’s Division 1 if he is found to have merited the straight red card.

There was also good news for Tyrone at the same CHC meeting where Conor Meyler’s black card in the Monaghan game was successfully contested. Duffy had shown a black card to Meyler when he collided with Kieran Hughes after Meyler had hand-passed the ball away.

Mayo will have Kevin Keane available for Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin as the CHC were convinced by the evidence put forward by Mayo that the defender did not commit a striking action against Donegal’s Michael Murphy. The committee felt Keane was not the main aggressor in the second half incident.

However, Mayo’s Donal Vaughan failed in his attempt to have his black card in the same match rescinded. The defender was automatically substituted after a foul on Mark McHugh. Having picked one up previously this year against Donegal in April, Vaughan would miss out on the All-Ireland final were Mayo to beat Dublin as he would have accumulated three black cards in an inter-county season, which carries a one-match ban.

Meanwhile, the hearing sought by Dublin and Armagh into the fines and suspensions arising from the challenge match last month, which was expected to be heard this week, will now take place next week.

Dublin were also set to make representations for Liam Rushe against his red card in the senior hurlers’ All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Waterford but the player is not available so all the county’s cases have been postponed.

The CCCC recommended €5,000 fines for both counties after a melee between players prior to a challenge game in Glasnevin. A player from each side is also understood to have been handed a proposed suspension.


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