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Tuesday 15 January 2019

Dublin launch final appeal

DUBLIN have initiated the first step in their bid to free Diarmuid Connolly to play in the All-Ireland SFC final.

The St Vincent's forward was issued a straight red card by referee Maurice Deegan during last Sunday's heated semi-final victory over Donegal.

And yesterday, the CCC confirmed in correspondence with the Dublin county board that Connolly has been recommended for the minimum four-week ban.

Already, the player has sought a hearing which could take place tomorrow night.

But even if the CHC uphold the ban, Connolly is entitled to take his case to the Central Appeals Committee.

Replays of the incident show Connolly make slight contact with the neck/shoulder area of Donegal substitute Marty Boyle, who has been widely condemned for his reaction to the force of the shove.

If Dublin decide to exhaust every avenue of appeal and bring the case to the DRA, a final decision on the matter may not be given until the middle of next week at the very earliest.

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