Kilkenny's Jojo Farrell's red card rescinded

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Jojo Farrell walks to the line after his dismissal against Dublin
Jojo Farrell walks to the line after his dismissal against Dublin

Kilkenny hurler Jojo Farrell has been cleared to face Galway on Sunday in the Allianz Hurling League.

The Kilkenny full forward was controversially red carded by referee Colm Lyons in the first half of the side's last League outing against Dublin at Nowlan Park.

However, the red card has now been rescinded by the GAA's Central Hearing Committee.

In a brief statement the GAA confirmed that Farrell had been cleared.

'On the basis of the video evidence provided, the Hearings Committee found that the Infraction was not proven and directed that the Disciplinary Action be at an end.'

Farrell's dismissal had a profound influence on the game as Dublin raced into a 12 point lead. Even though Kilkenny, who finished the game with 13 players, staged a spirited late revival Dublin held out to record their first win at Nowlan Park since 1964.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody declined to comment on the dismissal afterwards though it was obvious he was very unhappy with the decision.

Not surprisingly the County Board opted to challenge the decision. The upshot is that Farrell will be free to play on Sunday rather than serve a one match ban.