Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

GAA reduces Kilcoo race row bans

Aaron Cunningham was allegedly racially abused

Two Kilcoo players punished in the wake of the alleged racist abuse directed at Crossmaglen Rangers’ Aaron Cunningham have been successful in their appeals to the Ulster Council against their sentences.

Aidan Branagan — who also plays for the Down senior team— has had his six-month sentence reduced to four months.

That means he can now be called into James McCartan's squad towards the end of the National League.

And there is still the possibility of the ban being reduced further, if the player and his club pursue further action with the Central Appeals Committee at Croke Park.

The other player, Daryl Branagan, a brother of Aidan, has had his four-month suspension rescinded entirely.

Both players were up on a charge of bringing disrepute upon the Association following the Ulster club final between Kilcoo and Crossmaglen last month.

It is understood that the Kilcoo club are preparing to put forward one of their own supporters for a ban lasting what a source described as a “considerable length of time” over an incident at the final.

They are expected to request that the Ulster Council stand over such an action. Aaron Cunningham's father Joey was last night said to be upset that the race row had reared up again.

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