Jamie O’Sullivan free to play as Cork face Clare

Cork footballer Jamie O’Sullivan has been cleared to play against Clare in the Munster SFC semi-final on June 14 after GAA authorities deemed he had no case to answer arising from an incident in last month’s Division 1 final.

After Padraig Hughes had taken no action, it had been expected the Bishopstown man would be served with at least a proposed retrospective one-match ban for his challenge on Diarmuid Connolly in the first half of the league decider in Croke Park. However, the Cork County Board have confirmed they received no such correspondence from the Central Competitions Control Committee.

The news is likely to anger Dublin who felt O’Sullivan should have been sent off after his elbow seemingly made contact with Connolly’s face. Last week, former Dublin footballer Ciarán Whelan lashed out at the silence following the incident: “I wonder what has come of the Jamie O’Sullivan incident in the league final when he took out Diarmuid Connolly with a dangerous challenge?

“I wonder would the incident have gone away if Connolly was the perpetrator? For some reason I doubt it very much.”

However, Wexford hurling boss Liam Dunne told The Irish Examiner last week the video evidence wasn’t proof enough to hand down O’Sullivan a proposed ban: “You saw Jamie O’Sullivan highlighted for elbowing Diarmuid Connolly. I can’t actually see him hitting him in the jaw. If it was me, I would be going to my barrister to show that I didn’t actually hit him.”

Meanwhile, Cork are awaiting the results of scan on Tom Clancy’s ankle after an injury forced him off in Clonakilty’s championship defeat to O’Donovan Rossa last weekend. Clancy retired from the game just prior to half-time.

Elsewhere, West Kerry have informed their county board they won’t participate in tomorrow night’s senior county championship losers’ round.

They were to face Mid Kerry but they won’t be fulfilling the fixtures having cited the non-availability of their An Ghaeltacht players who are involved in the Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta tournament in Donegal this weekend. The matter will now be referred to the CCC of the Kerry County Committee.

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