Month ban rules Kerry star O Se out of All Ireland quarter-final
Kerry's Tomas O Se will miss next month’s All Ireland football quarter-final after being banned for four weeks.
The An Gaeltacht clubman will not appeal the ban, handed down by the Central Competitions Control Committee, for striking with the elbow.
The incident occurred in the Munster final against Limerick when O Se clashed with Stephen Kelly.
A statement on the Kerry GAA website confirmed the news of |O Se’s suspension, stating Tomas O Se has been notified by the CCCC that he has been charged with a category two offence, striking with the elbow.
“The proposed penalty is suspension for one month and the next game,” the statement read.
“Tomas O Se isn’t seeking a hearing.”
All Ireland champions or not, Kerry can ill afford to be short both O Se and Paul Galvin when they continue their defence of their All Ireland crown next month.
For they are without question the mainstay of Kerry’s defence.
O Se’s ability as a footballer was never in doubt, but there are now serious doubts over his temperament after the Munster final.
Kerry boss Jack O’Connor will be seething at the loss of such a valued player, but what will annoy him even more is Kerry’s name again being dragged through the mud.
There are only so many times they can continue to defend the actions of their players.
Did O Se really expect after the much publicised Paul Galvin incident that his altercation with Stephen Kelly wouldn’t be picked up by the cameras?
Indiscipline more than any other single factor could yet lead to Kerry’s undoing.
Roll on August and the defining moment in Kerry’s season.