Ó Sé facing only two-match suspension

Tomás Ó Sé may miss Kerry’s last round league game against Mayo and the Division 1 semi-final following his dismissal in the win over Laois.

Croke Park yesterday confirmed a third Category II offence (striking) within 48 weeks carries the same two-match ban for a repeat infringement inside the same time frame. The 2004 Footballer of the Year incurred his third red card in the last 10 months when he was dismissed for a reported striking offence in the early stages of the first half in Killarney.

There had been some debate yesterday whether Ó Sé faced a lengthier suspension after already serving a two-match ban for a repeat Category II suspension. If, as expected, referee Marty Duffy reported it as a Category II offence it will be treated as a repeat transgression by the Central Competitions Control Committee.

Last month Ó Sé was sent to the line for hitting out at Ciarán McKeever in Kerry’s defeat by Armagh in Tralee.

The five-time All Star missed the following two games against Down and Donegal but returned as a substitute in last Sunday week’s win over Cork before starting on Sunday.

Last year under the time-ban disciplinary system, he was handed an eight-week suspension following a red card in Kerry’s Munster opener against Tipperary when he was involved in an incident with Hugh Coghlan.

It would have been a four-week ban but for the fact he had been retrospectively suspended within the 48-week window for an altercation with Limerick’s Stephen Kelly in the 2010 Munster final.

Meanwhile, Kerry attacker Darran O’Sullivan has praised the introduction of semi-finals to the new football league format.

He believes the extra games in the knockout stages will benefit the Kingdom ahead of the Munster championship.

“We want as many extra games as we can get leading up to the championship,” he said.

“Every player would tell you the same, we would rather be going into games instead of three or four weeks of training.

“We will look forward to Mayo in two weeks, try to keep the momentum going and then there’s the semi-final after that.”

The infusion of young players into the Kerry set-up has also helped them cope with the punishing schedule of four games in consecutive weeks over the last month, according to O’Sullivan.

“The lads that have come in have all done very well at different stages. Sunday’s stage was Paddy Curtin’s, he has been tipping away nicely in the league games. Jonathan Lyne and Johnny Buckley came in and did very well, and obviously the likes of [Peter] Crowley, James O’Donoghue and Barry John [Keane] have all come on and done well.”


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