Limerick may yet decide to bring Seanie Tobin’s disciplinary case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) after the Central Hearings Committee upheld the proposed one-match ban on Thursday evening.
The Murroe-Boher man was sent off for a straight red card by ref Colm Lyons in last Sunday’s Munster quarter-final in Thurles following a shoulder tussle with Patrick O’Connor.
On Twitter yesterday, Tobin maintained he did not touch O’Connor with his hurley. “Very disappointing outcome last night, for the record; I did not strike the player with my hurl last Sunday nor did I attempt to strike him... It’s not the end. I’ll be back #luimneachabú”
As it stands, Tobin will miss the Munster semi-final against Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds on June 21. However, the county board may choose to put their argument to the CAC next month.
The GAA earlier this year closed a loophole whereby players were managing to avoid suspensions because the correct punishment wasn’t cited by the referee. In last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, Lee Keegan was sent off for kicking Johnny Buckley when Mayo proved with video footage that he had attempted to. That was enough for Keegan to avoid a one-match suspension.
However, following a decision at Congress, the Central Competitions Control Committee are now empowered to alter the infringement to a similar offence or lesser one in the same category.
Reaction on Twitter to the CHC’s decision against Tobin was negative. Galway footballer Shane Walsh posted: “What a joke Seanie Tobins (sic) red card hasn’t been rescinded!”
Offaly hurler Shane Dooley tweeted: “You’d have to wonder when the shit is going to stop in our game... Seanie Tobin got a red card for nothing! Now his appeal is rejected...BS!”
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