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Tyrone sweat on Mattie Donnelly for Ulster semi-final

 

By John Campbell

Tyrone face an anxious wait to discover if their experienced utility player Mattie Donnelly will be available for the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final against Donegal on June 18.

The Trillick clubman, an ever-present in the Red Hands side of late, could be hit with a retrospective ban after he appeared to strike out at Derry defender Chrissy McKaigue at a critical stage in the second-half of Sunday's Ulster Championship quarter-final at Celtic Park, Derry.

The pair appeared to have had a verbal spat and it was as they were disengaging that Donnelly seemed to lift his hand in the direction of McKaigue's face.

It is understood that the attention of referee Maurice Deegan was drawn to the matter but in the event no action was taken.

However, the Central Competitions Control Committee may yet decide to review the incident and impose whatever retrospective sanction it deems appropriate, if any.

Derry manager Damian Barton said of the incident: "I don't want to see anyone suspended."

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