Tipp hurler has ban for Davy Fitz clash halved

Jason Forde and Davy Fitzgerald clash at Nowlan Park
Jason Forde and Davy Fitzgerald clash at Nowlan Park

Tipperary hurler Jason Forde has had his proposed two match ban halved by the GAA.

Forde will still miss his side’s Munster quarter final clash against Cork on May 21 unless he can successfully appeal against the one match suspension.

The All-Ireland medallist was hauled before the GAA’s disciplinary committee as a result of an incident during the side’s Allianz League semi-final win over Wexford.

He got involved with Wexford team boss Davy Fitzgerald after the latter came on to the pitch to protest about a refereeing decision.

Fitzgerald was banned for 12 weeks and chose to accept his punishment which means he will have to sit in the stand for his team’s likely Leinster semi-final showdown against Kilkenny at Wexford Park next month.

The GAA’s Central Competition Control Committee also proposed that Forde be banned for two games under an alleged breach of a rule relating to ‘any type of assault on an opposing team official.’

At a hearing in Croke Park on May 3, the Central Hearings Committee found the infraction not proven but decided that the player had ‘committed the lesser infraction of contributing to a melee’, and imposed a one match ban.

Forde had the option of appealing this decision which he is likely to do.