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Donegal to appeal Neil McGee's red card against Down

Donegal will appeal the straight red card given to Neil McGee in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final win over Down Picture by Seamus Loughran
By Gerry McLaughlin

DONEGAL will be appealing the red card issued to full-back Neil McGee in the Ulster Championship clash with Down in Clones.

McGee was lined for making contact with Connaire Harrison's back on the ground with his knee in the 13th minute. The incident happened after two Down players collided and referee Anthony Nolan seemed to signal for a free out. However, McGee, who was already on a yellow card, was sent off on a straight red card after a linesman brought the alleged incident to his attention.

When contacted yesterday, Donegal county chairman Mick McGrath said the county would be appealing the decision to issue McGee with the card.

“As of lunchtime we have not yet seen the referee's report, but I can confirm that we will be appealing the red card decision.

“From watching the video of the matter, we believe that we have the basis for an appeal.”

McGrath did not comment on the reasons for appealing.

But it is understood that the county might argue for the red card to be overturned on the basis that McGee's actions were rough play rather than a striking action.

If McGee had been sanctioned for rough play, he should only have incurred a yellow card.

And even though that would mean he would have received two yellow cards that resulted in a sending off, he would not be in line to receive an automatic four-week ban.

Donegal's appeal will go before the Croke Park's Central Competitions Control Committee.

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