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Down Manager Faces Eight Week Ban After Altercation With Cavan Player

Down Manager Faces Eight Week Ban After Altercation With Cavan Player

Last Saturday's Cavan v Down clash could see Down manager Eamonn Burns hit with a lengthy ban after he was sent to the stands just before half-time.

Burns' side lost out on a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-14 but the Division 2 encounter at Kingspan Breffni could have further ramifications after referee Padraig O'Sullivan gave Burns a red card for alleged shoving Cavan's Oisin Kieran.

He could be charged under rule 7.2 (c) 'Misconduct at Games by Team Officials' which carries a minimum four-week suspension, rising in order of severity.

Footage shows Burns stepping onto the field and swatting away Kieran.

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Speaking to Irish News after the game, Burns played down the incident.

I just went in to sort it out but these things happen. Managers shouldn’t be in those situations. It was heat of the moment. There was nobody hurt.

Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan was in full agreement, dismissing it as a "holding hands session."

As for their league campaign, Down are in desperate need of points and welcome Tipperary to Páirc Esler this Sunday.

SEE ALSO: Michael Duignan Irate Over 'Despicable' Adrian Tuohy Incident Against Limerick

Maurice Brosnan

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