KERRY GAA officials are certain to back Paul Galvin in appealing the six month suspension imposed yesterday by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee following his outburst in the Munster semi-final in Killarney on Sunday.
Galvin himself has declined to comment on the CCCC decision, which, if implemented would rule him out of inter-county and club activity for the rest of the year. However, it’s known that he will be taking his case to the Central Hearings Committee and that he will lodge an appeal in the event of an unfavourable outcome.
The official line from the Kerry County Board is that they are only at ‘step 1,’ where Galvin has the option of either accepting or rejecting the recommended suspension. Chairman Jerome Conway said last night that Galvin should be given the opportunity of putting forward his side of the story. However he stressed that he wasn’t condoning Galvin’s behaviour.
The length of the suspension took officials — and Galvin himself — by surprise. The formal notification to the County Board didn’t set out the reason for its severity, but the understanding is that the CCCC doubled the minimum penalty of twelve weeks because there were two separate incidents during the game.
After his outburst with Tipperary referee Paddy Russell, he also remonstrated with the linesman who had drawn attention to the initial incident involving Clare defender John Hayes. This is what led directly to Galvin’s confrontation with the referee when he realised he was going to be sent off after a second card.
Meanwhile, Conway said that he was very disappointed for Galvin: “He is only after coming back from an injury after working very hard in training. He was looking forward to a protracted run in the championship. Unfortunately, now it looks like that won’t be the case.’’
A former referee himself, Conway said he wasn’t condoning Galvin’s actions: “He himself has admitted in the national media that he has done wrong. I just feel sorry for him.’’
Mr Conway said his understanding was that Galvin had been ‘impeded’ by a Clare player. “He looked to the linesman pointing it out, the linesman brought it to the referee’s attention and the referee then booked both players.
“It’s too early to talk about next stage. He’ll look for a hearing where he will be able to explain his own case. That’s natural justice.’’
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