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Confirmed: Diarmuid Connolly Will Miss 12 Weeks Of Championship Action

Confirmed: Diarmuid Connolly Will Miss 12 Weeks Of Championship Action

Diarmuid Connolly will not appeal against his 12-week suspension handed down for making minor physical contact with linesman Ciarán Branagan during Dublin's Leinster Championship quarter-final win against Carlow last weekend.

It had been expected that a saga would ensure following the announcement of the CCCC's decision to suspend Connolly last week. However, in a move which bucks a trend in the GAA, the Dublin half-forward has chosen to accept the suspension.

Connolly could have appealed the decision to the Central Hearings Committee.

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If Dublin take the direct route to the All-Ireland semi-finals, the 29-year-old would be available for the second last four game which is scheduled to take place on August 27th. That is a factor which may have been a major factor in Connolly and Dublin's decision not to appeal the ban.

Dublin will have their second outing of the Championship when they take on the winners of Offaly and Westmeath's quarter-final in the June 25th Leinster semi-final.

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