Carlow manager, Turlough O’Brien has been suspended for 20 weeks after being found guilty of “threatening conduct towards a referee” by the Central Competitions Control Committee.
It is thought that referee, James Bermingham, was confronted after the final whistle of Down’s 0-15 to 1-11 win over Carlow on 16 March.
Carlow were in possession on the ball and looked to launch an attack when the whistle was blown. The loss resulted in the county’s relegation to Division 4.
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O’Brien and coach, Steven Poacher, were both cited after the game but they sought to appeal their lengthy bans.
However, the CCCC found the infraction proven in both cases and banned O’Brien for 20 weeks while Poacher was hit with a 12-week minimum suspension.
In a further blow to Carlow, Brendan Murphy was also banned for 12 weeks for the same infringement, “threatening conduct towards a referee”.
It leaves the county in a precarious situation as they continue preparations for the Leinster Championship without key men.
All parties can further appeal the decisions.
Meanwhile, Fintan Kelly has had his red card against Mayo overturned. The Monaghan man was sent off six minutes into the second half in the 3-15 to 1-18 loss in MacHale Park for “striking with the elbow”. However, following an appeal to the Central Hearings Committee, the alleged infraction was found not proven.
It is a major boost to Monaghan who face Cavan in the opening round of the Ulster Championship on May 18.