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Tyrone's Tiernan McCann faces eight-week ban for 'dive'

GAABy Sean Nolan
Tiernan McCann in action against Monaghan on Sunday
Tiernan McCann in action against Monaghan on Sunday

Following his well publicised 'dive' against Monaghan on Saturday's Tyrone's Tiernan McCann is facing a ban that will end his inter-county season.

Update: 12.21:

TV pundit Joe Brolly has used Twitter to slam the proposed ban on McCann.

In a series of tweets the barrister points out why he thinks the lengthy ban is 'illegal'.

"My view is the use of the specific provision is illegal. The law of statutory interpretation applies to any rule 1/4," Brolly wrote on Twitter.

"The lawmaker ( Congress) has created a specific offence of simulation with a specific penalty ( yellow card). 2/4.

"Tiernan's only offence, as a matter of law, is simulation, since the lawmaker is presumed to mean what he says 3/4

"if this were not so, then the disrepute provision could be used to override any offence, perverse though that would be 4/4

"so for example, a striking offence could be charged as disrepute 5/6

"the decision is therefore unlawful. It is a manipulation of the law to punish Tiernan more severely than the law allows 6/6."


In a game pock marked with all sorts of cynical and unsavoury incidents, McCann's fall when Darren Hughes ruffled his hair became the one most discussed in the media.

There were calls for action regarding the incident and it seems the powers that be have listened.

According to Independent.ie, the Tyrone half forward has been recommended to receive an eight-week ban by the Central Competition Controls Committee, a ban that would rule the player out of the semi-final against Kerry and the All-Ireland final, if the Red Hand County make the decider.

The punishment for faking an injury is a yellow card but the committee feel this incident deserves a higher tariff and it appears he may have been charged with 'misconduct discrediting the association'.

Tyrone will surely appeal the severity of this ban so this story looks set to run and run.