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Armagh's Tiernan Kelly hit with six-month ban

 Pictured by Philip Walsh: Armagh's Aidan Nugent battles for possession

ARMAGH GAA have confirmed they will not contest a proposed six-month ban for Tiernan Kelly following his role in a fracas between Armagh and Galway players during their All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park on Saturday.

Kelly appeared to gouge the eye of Damien Comer during the alteraction which saw players clash as they left the field following the full-time whistle in their drawn quarter-final.

Both Armagh and Galway were informed of the proposed suspensions on Thursday night arising out of Saturday's match and Armagh released a statement on Friday morning, saying:

“Following the investigation carried out by the CCCC, Armagh GAA can confirm the players and county board have accepted the proposed penalties. There will be no further comment."

When the action resumed on Saturday, Armagh's Aidan Nugent and Galway's Sean Kelly were each shown red cards by referee David Coldrick before the start of extra-time.

As well as the 24-week suspension for Kelly, Nugent has been given a proposed one-game ban while Greg McCabe, who was also dismissed during normal time for a challenge on Galway's Matthew Tierney, will miss the first two games of next season's Allianz National League campaign having been given a two-game ban due to his red card earlier this year against Tyrone.

One-game bans have also been handed out to Conor Turbitt and Armagh substitute goalkeeper Blaine Hughes.

Armagh have indicated in their statement that they will not contest any of the proposed penalties. 

Both counties will also be hit with financial penalties with fines believed to be somewhere between €5,000 to €10,000.

Galway have been hit with one-match bans for Sean Kelly and Conor Sweeney but have not yet indicated if they will contest the proposed suspensions. 

The Tribesmen face Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on July 9.

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