27 Sept 2022

Donegal club player faces lengthy ban after ref’ incident

The Donegal Competitions Controls Committee will examine the referee's report before determining its next course of action

Donegal club player faces lengthy ban after ref’ incident

The referee's report has been received by the Donegal CCC. Photo: Sportsfile

A club footballer in Donegal could face a suspension of up to 48 weeks following an incident in a championship game last weekend.

The Naomh Padraig, Lifford player in question was sent off in Saturday evening’s Senior C Championship defeat by Sean MacCumhaills.

Donegal Live understands that it has been alleged that a player had to be restrained as he attempted to make physical contact with referee Eugene McHale.

Two Naomh Padraig, Lifford players were sent off in the game, which finished 3-11 to 1-2 in favour of MacCumhaills.

McHale’s report has been lodged with the Donegal Competitions Controls Committee (CCC). The CCC says it ‘can not comment on individual referee’s reports’.

Any possible penalty would depend on the severity of the infraction alleged.

Threatening or abusive conduct towards a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official carries a minimum 12-week suspension.

Striking or attempting to strike, or any type of assault on, a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official, a category 6 infraction in the GAA’s Official Guide, carries a minimum 48-week suspension.

The referee’s report will be examined by the CCC before a possible disciplinary process would begin.

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