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Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy suspended for 12 weeks after GAA hearing

Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy has been suspended for 12 weeks after a GAA hearing. Pic Philip Walsh.
Andy Watters

CORK football manager Ronan McCarthy will serve a 12-week suspension which began on Thursday (February 18) after his appeal to the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee (CHC) fell on deaf ears. The CHC found that McCarthy's alleged infraction - misconduct considered to have discredited the Association – was proven and the Rebels' boss could now be suspended until mid-May.

A GAA statement read: ‘An Coiste Bainistíochta (management committee) took disciplinary action against Ronan McCarthy, alleging a breach of rule 7.2 (e) T.O. 2020 – Misconduct Considered to have Discredited the Association.

‘Ronan McCarthy requested a Hearing which took place on 18.02.2021. An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) found the Infraction – “Misconduct Considered to have Discredited the Association” proven and imposed the following penalty: 12 weeks suspension from 18ú Feabhra 2021.’

The GAA rule was broken because of a gathering of McCarthy’s players on the beach in Youghal on January 2 which was outside the stipulated date for inter-county teams to return to training. The Hearing Committee’s ruling means that the Cork manager will be suspended until May 13 but he does have the option of appealing against the decision to the An Lár Choiste Achomhairc (Central Appeals Committee).

Down manager Paddy Tally’s appeal was heard by the CHC last week. Tally’s infraction was also proven but the CHC decided that his suspension should be for eight weeks which is the minimum suspension under rule.

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