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Saturday 3 December 2016

Diarmuid Connolly cleared to play semi-final replay against Mayo

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being shown a red card during Sunday’s
drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo
Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly leaves the pitch after being shown a red card during Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo

Dublin footballer Diarmiud Connolly has been cleared to play in today's All-Ireland football semi-final replay against Mayo.

The decision was announced late last night during Dublin's last-ditch attempt to allow the forward take to the pitch for today's clash.

The Disputes Resolution Authority have yet to publish details surrounding the shock decision.

Connolly was issued a red card by referee Joe McQuillan in last weekend’s clash for striking Mayo’s Lee Keegan in an off-the-ball incident.

It was initially ruled that he should serve a one-match suspension.

The DRA Panel was last night chaired by former Supreme Court judge Hugh O'Flaherty with solicitors David Nohilly and Brian Rennick.

A statement released on GAA.ie this morning states: "The Panel's decision related to lack of fair procedure afforded to Mr. Connolly at an early stage in the GAA's internal disciplinary process which unfairly hindered the preparations for, and presentation of, his defence. Mr Connolly was thus free to play in the replay of the above match on 5 September".

The Disputes Resolution Authority said the statement issued is 'for informational purposes only' and a full, written reflective of the hearing will be issued within the next fortnight.

Responding to the decision,  Dublin GAA tweeted: 'BREAKING NEWS: Diarmuid Connolly appeal to the DRA successful. He's clear to line out v @MayoGAA tomorrow #UpTheDubs'.

They later repeated the tweet with an 'In case you missed it' message.

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