Blow for Dublin as Diarmuid Connolly's appeal fails
Dublin's star forward Diarmuid Connolly has failed in an attempt to get the red card he was shown against Mayo last week overturned.
It is now being reported in the Irish Examiner that Connolly will return to Croke park tonight for a hearing on the matter with the Central Appeals Committee.
And, Dublin County Board chairman Sean Shanley told the paper that if the ban is not overturned tonight, a further escalation to the Disputes Resolution Authority is possible.
Connolly's one-match ban was upheld by the GAA's Central Hearings Committee (CHC) last night.
That means that the talented forward will not be able to play against Mayo in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay.
The St Vincent's man was sent off after he was seen to strike Lee Keegan in the closing stages of the drawn game last Sunday.
There are some suggestions Dublin may escalate the case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC), though time is running out ahead of Saturday's game.
The decision means that Connolly is the only player from the ill-tempered clash last week who was hit with any sanction.
It is expected that goalscorer Kevin McManamon or Alan Brogan will take Connolly's place in Jim Gavin's side.
Meanwhile Mayo named an unchanged side last night.
Mayo (SF v Dublin) - R Hennelly; G Cafferkey, D Vaughan, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Barrett, C Boyle; S O'Shea, T Parsons; D O'Connor, A O'Shea, K McLoughlin; D Drake, C O'Connor, J Doherty.