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Dingle Official Handed Proposed Eight-Week Ban For Striking East-Kerry Player

Dingle Official Handed Proposed Eight-Week Ban For Striking East-Kerry Player
By Gary Connaughton

An eight-week ban has been proposed for the Dingle official who appeared to strike an opposition player during a brawl in the Kerry Championship semi-final against East Kerry on Sunday afternoon.

Footage of the incident went viral over the weekend, adding to the list of violent incidents at GAA club matches over the past few weeks.

The official stepped on to the pitch during a melee, striking an East-Kerry player. This led to an escalation of the incident, with Paudie Clifford receiving a red card for his reaction. The incident can be seen at around the seven-second mark in the clip below.

Meeting on Monday night to consider referee Paul Hayes' match report, the CCC of the Kerry county board have now proposed an eight-week ban for the man involved. He has three days to appeal the decision.

East Kerry's All-Star nominee David Clifford was also sent off during the game, and he and his brother Paudie have both received one-game bans. This ban will be served during the first match of the 2019 championship.

No other individuals were punished for their part in the row. Having reviewed the video evidence, it was determined that no other player could be adjudged to have clearly struck an opponent. Thus, no further action was deemed necessary.

Both clubs have also reportedly been handed down fines for failing to control their player, although the severity of any such fines are unknown.

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Dingle would go on to win the match comfortably on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-13, and they will now meet Dr. Crokes in the final. Their performance has been largely overshadowed by this incident however, and it has served as yet another reminder of the violent incidents that have marred GAA matches recently.

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