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Tiernan McCann hit by ban but Tyrone likely to appeal

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone player Tiernan McCann has been slapped with a two month ban by the Central Competition Control Committee of the GAA following his dive during last weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final win over Monaghan.

It is a landmark penalty and a clear signal sent out regarding the prevailing attitude towards gamesmanship.

The Tyrone County Board were informed of the punishment last night and have 48 hours from that time to appeal the punishment that could keep McCann out of an All-Ireland semi-final and a possible final.

It's understood that the charge was one of bringing the Association into disrepute, and it seems likely Tyrone will defend their player.

McCann was facing Monaghan player Darren Hughes when Hughes, having been blown for a foul on Colm Cavanagh, faced McCann. He appeared to ruffle McCann's hair, at which point the Killyclogher man threw himself to the floor as if he had been punched.

Red Hands manager Mickey Harte defended his player on Monday, and also apportioned a certain degree of blame on Hughes when he said: "I'm saying if he had the chance again, he probably would have responded differently. We all accept that.

"But I don't think he's the first person to have ever over-reacted to anything… If the player who had raised his hand had chosen to do something different, then the outcome would have been different as well".

Tyrone would seem likely to launch an appeal on McCann's behalf to the GAA's Central Hearings Committee.

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