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Monday 25 June 2018

Moran to avoid any ban over ref clash

Andy Moran. Photo: Sportsfile
Andy Moran. Photo: Sportsfile

Andy Moran will avoid any further sanction for his confrontation with Maurice Deegan during Mayo's defeat to Tyrone in Castlebar last Sunday.

The current Footballer of the Year was issued a black card after confronting and making contact with the Laois referee following his decision to award a free to Tyrone in the first half of Mickey Harte's team's 12-point win.

Deegan deemed that Moran had remonstrated in an aggressive manner with a match official, one of the five 'Cynical Behaviour Fouls', brought in for the inception of th e black card in 2014.

As Deegan dealt with the issue at the time, the CCCC have no scope to enforce a ban or ask the experienced official to review the incident.

Had Deegan deemed Moran's infraction to be 'minor physical interference with an official,' he would have been obliged to issue a red card and the CCCC would automatically have recommended a 12-week ban.

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Last year, Diarmuid Connolly served such a suspension after an altercation with linesmen Ciarán Brangan in Dublin's Leinster SFC opener against Carlow in Portlaoise, despite neither Branagan nor referee Seán Hurson taking any action at the time of the incident.

Despite this, the CCCC recommended Connolly for a 12-week ban after Hurson mentioned the incident in his report.

Mayo have serious worries over Lee Keegan and Cillian O'Connor however, with both seeing specialists today on the injuries they picked up last Sunday.

O'Connor suffered a hamstring injury while Keegan's shoulder was badly damaged in a big hit from Pádraig McNulty.

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