THE GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) chairman Jim Forbes will stand down temporarily when Kerry captain Paul Galvin’s appeal is heard by the committee this evening in Croke Park.
Galvin’s six-month ban was formally imposed by the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee (CHC) last Monday and, as expected, the Kerry captain lodged his appeal against the suspension yesterday.
A meeting of the CAC had already been scheduled for this evening in Croke Park and it will now hear the Kerry captain’s case. However Cork native Forbes, who is also Munster GAA PRO, will stand down when the case is being discussed tonight, as Kerry’s next outing in the championship is the Munster SFC final against Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
A decision on the case is expected at lunchtime on Friday.
If Galvin’s appeal is unsuccessful then the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) is likely to be his next step, as since his sending-off against Clare on June 15th in Fitzgerald Stadium the indications in Kerry are that every avenue will be explored in order to enable the captain to play in this year’s championship.
It emerged on Monday that Galvin was suspended under two different categories of offence — his action in knocking the notebook from referee Paddy Russell’s hand as he was about to brandish a second yellow card, and his altercation with the linesman immediately afterwards.
In the first instance, he received a 24-week term — under category 4 of Rule 146, which deals with ‘minor interference, threatening or abusive conduct or threatening language’ towards a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official. Under category 2, which caters for ‘abusive language’ to match officials (in addition to playing offences of a minor nature), Galvin received an additional eight-week term — except that this will run concurrently.
In both instances, the term of suspension represents double the minimum penalty (12 and four weeks, respectively) for the specific offences.
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