Connolly fails to have ban overturned

Diarmuid Connolly’s 12-week ban has been upheld by the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee (CHC) and the Dubs forward will now be watching from the sidelines until the end of August.

Connolly initially received the ban from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) for laying his hand on the shoulder of linesman Ciarán Branigan during the Dubs’ Leinster SFC quarter-final win over Carlow.

The CHC reviewed footage of the incident and decided that the Dublin wing-forward’s actions warranted a 12-week sanction for ‘minor physical interference with an official’.

Dublin do have the option of appealing this decision to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

The ban expires on midnight before the second All-Ireland football semi-final, which takes place on 27 August and is the game the Dubs will be contesting if they win Leinster and go the direct route.