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Kerry boosted as O'Brien wins his appeal against All-Ireland ban

 

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By John Campbell

Kerry ace Stephen O'Brien has been given the green light to play in the All-Ireland final against Dublin on September 1.

O'Brien, who was man of the match in the Kingdom's stunning win over Tyrone last Sunday, was last night cleared of the black card he incurred in the Super 8s victory over Meath and will now participate in the biggest game of the year.

O'Brien had incurred his third black card of the Championship against Tyrone in an incident which left him little ground for appeal, but the fact that he was served with a similar sanction against the Royal County in rather more dubious circumstances offered him hope through the appeals process and that has now come to pass.

When the pairing for the All-Ireland final is confirmed each year, speculation normally surrounds the outcome of the match.

And while Kerry and Dublin have earned the right to square up to each other in this year's decider, it was the issue surrounding O'Brien that had been consuming officials, players and fans throughout the game.

Kerry county board officials and O'Brien's squad colleagues had been keeping their fingers crossed that the appeal would be successful and the authorities ruled in their favour.

Chairman Tim Murphy had been expecting to hear news in the next few days, and will be pleased it has been dealt with.

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