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Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly to appeal his 12-week ban

Diarmuid Connolly's touchline incident with linesman Ciarán Branagan
Diarmuid Connolly's touchline incident with linesman Ciarán Branagan

THE Diarmuid Connolly saga took another twist today after it emerged that the Dublin forward will, after all, fight his 12-week suspension.

This latest development comes in the wake of widespread weekend reports that Connolly had accepted his proposed punishment from the CCCC, arising from a touchline incident with linesman Ciarán Branagan during the Leinster SFC victory over Carlow.

However, 'The Irish News' today reported that he will take his case to the Central Hearings Committee.

While Dublin GAA top brass could not be contacted for official confirmation, The Herald understands that Connolly will, indeed, challenge a suspension that threatens to sideline him until the eve of an All-Ireland semi-final. He has been cited for "minor physical interference" with a match official.

Via Frank Roche/Herald