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Armagh's Stephen Sheridan facing possible two-match ban

Stephen Sheridan (centre) could miss Armagh's last two league games if CCCC take action following his apparent stamp on Eoghan Ban Gallagher at the weekend.

ARMAGH could lose Stephen Sheridan for the rest of their National League campaign, with the midfielder facing a possible two-match ban arising from Saturday night’s defeat by Donegal.

The Forkhill clubman appeared to stamp on the leg of Eoghan Ban Gallagher in an early incident that was missed by officials. He was booked for a separate incident later in the game.

With footage of the incident was widely circulated on social media after the game and highlighted on RTÉ's League Sunday programme, CCCC are likely to react by opening an investigation once the referee’s report is received.

If the incident is not mentioned in the referee’s report then CCCC are likely to go back and ask Martin McNally for his view on it before proceeding with an investigation.

Stamping is an offence covered by Category IV of the GAA’s Official Guide, which carries a minimum two-match suspension. It’s unusual for CCCC to impose a punishment greater than the recommended minimum.

A spokesperson for the GAA said they couldn’t comment “until the referee’s report is processed or the issue has run its course fully.”

Armagh coach Jim McCorry hinted after the game that they would appeal any suspension handed down to James Morgan, who’s set for a one-match ban along with Donegal’s Jason McGee after they were both sent off on straight red cards midway through the first half.

Morgan’s double-yellow in the McKenna Cup final loss to Tyrone will have no impact on the length of proposed suspension.

The Orchard's promotion hopes are dead but they're now looking over their shoulders with games at home to Fermanagh and Cork left to come. The Fermanagh game has been moved to Crossmaglen.

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