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Dublin Selector Facing Four Week Ban Following Interference In Play

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round 1, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny 11/5/2019 Kilkenny vs Dublin Referee Cathal McAllister with dublin selector Greg Kennedy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy is reportedly facing a four-week suspension following his interference in play during his side’s game against Kilkenny last weekend.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, Kennedy is facing the ban after the bizarre incident four minutes before half-time of Dublin’s clash with The Cats on Saturday.

The selector intercepted a pass from TJ Reid which was on its way to Billy Ryan and would have resulted in a goalscoring opportunity for Kilkenny.

Kennedy was ordered off the field by referee Cathal McAllister at the time but no other action was taken following his in-play interception and he was able to continue his duties as the Dubs’ Maor Foirne.

As Maor Foirne, the former Galway player is allowed onto the field during breaks in play to communicate messages to the players but he is forbidden from interfering and should have been off the pitch when the free was taken by Reid.

After the incident, Kilkenny manager Brian Cody called it a “bizarre” thing to do when speaking to the media.

“Well, I’d say even people who are longer involved in the game than I am haven’t seen it, so I certainly haven’t seen it before. I know Greg Kennedy played a fair bit at corner-back but tonight it was a bizarre thing to do.”

“TJ could have tapped it over the bar obviously, but he was thinking ‘goal opportunity’ because it was a goal opportunity and that happened, so I wasn’t happy about it, no I wasn’t.

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