Cork and Kilkenny have received a huge boost ahead of the championship with the news that Seamus Harnedy and Conor Delaney have been cleared to play in the opening round after successfully appealing their bans in front of the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC).
According to the Irish Examiner, the CAC upheld their appeals last night in Croke Park
Both Harnedy and Delaney were sent-off during the final round of their counties respective Division 1A league campaigns before sitting out the following week’s relegation playoff between when the two sides came face-to-face.
However, the pair were since informed that their bans would be carrying over into the championship season as suspensions don’t officially count in relegation playoffs meaning that they would miss their counties opening round games against Tipperary and Dublin respectively.
The Central Competitions Control Committee adjudged they could not serve the suspensions in the ‘relegation play-off’, according to Rule 7.5 (c) of the GAA’s Official Guide it did not constitute a season game and therefore the penalty could not be served in it.
Both Cork and Kilkenny successfully argued that the bans should have indeed counted as there was no demotion involved for the loser of their relegation playoff and that the game simply served as a means for determining which division each team would be operating in for the 2020 Allianz Hurling League.
The inclusion of both players will come as a huge boost for John Meyler and Brian Cody as they prepare their sides for a crack at Limerick’s All-Ireland crown.