Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Down appeal in bid to free Garvey for Ulster final

Down are set to appeal the one-match retrospective ban picked up by defender Conor Garvey which would force him to miss the Ulster final.

The Mourne men made a stunning comeback to beat Monaghan in the Ulster semi-final two week ago, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat by battling their way back from nine points down to win by one.

But they learned subsequently that the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), on reviewing the match video, had recommended that the corner-back be suspended for 'endangering an opposition player'.

Garvey sought a hearing with the Central Hearing Committee (CHC) earlier this week where he pleaded his innocence, but they decided that "the infraction was more likely to have occurred than not to have occurred" and confirmed his one-game ban.

Down are expected to now take the next step in the disciplinary process by going to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) next week.

But the CAC rarely overrules the CHC except over procedural errors and the Mourne men could yet go as far as the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) in their bid to get Garvey cleared to play in the Ulster final against Donegal on July 22.

The CCCC has the power to recommend retrospective disciplinary sanctions once an incident was not dealt with by the referee during the game and Garvey was not among the three Down players booked during the match.

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