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altercation charge No punishment for John Small over McLaughlin challenge but James McCarthy hit with ban for O’Connor incident

O’Connor fell to the ground and his Mayo colleagues protested vehemently, triggering a stand-off between both sets of players after referee Conor Lane had blown for full-time.

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Dublin's James McCarthy. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin's James McCarthy. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin's James McCarthy. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin’s James McCarthy will miss the first competitive game in 2022 after being retrospectively charged for an altercation with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor at the end of normal time of last month’s All-Ireland semi-final.

McCarthy was picked up on camera lashing back at O’Connor as the pair ran back outfield after Rob Hennelly’s retaken ‘45’ had sailed between the posts to force extra-time.

O’Connor fell to the ground and his Mayo colleagues protested vehemently, triggering a stand-off between both sets of players after referee Conor Lane had blown for full-time.

The GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) has since reviewed the incident and deemed it worthy of a charge for which he has been suspended and will now miss the opening game next year, presumably in the Allianz League unless the fixtures schedule changes at a Special Congress later in the year.

John Small is not facing any retrospective charge, arising out of his challenge on Eoghan McLaughlin in the same game however, as Lane saw it in real time and allowed play to continue. Mayo defender McLaughlin had jaw surgery on the day after Mayo’s win over Dublin but has been involved in some training in recent weeks.

The reason for the ‘45’ being retaken has been the subject of speculation but it has emerged Lane called it because he had been shouting at Hennelly not to take it as Mayo had an extra player on the field when the Connacht side’s goalkeeper was stepping up to take the initial kick.

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