Tyrone’s Tiernan McCann will be handed an eight-week ban for his simulation during last weekend’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final, which ultimately led to the dismissal of Monaghan’s Darren Hughes.
Hughes appeared to tousle McCann’s hair, and the forward dropped to the floor theatrically as though he had been struck in the head. As per Colm Keys of the Irish Independent, the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) have “proposed the suspension and Tyrone County Board received the communication yesterday”.
Hughes said the following about the incident:
“I was just in a state of shock when it happened. I genuinely couldn’t believe it. All three parties are probably accountable for what happened, myself, McCann and the referee. But it was a far cry from a sending-off, no way.”
The ban, if it goes ahead, means McCann would be unable to take part in the All Ireland Semi-Final, and of course, the All Ireland Final.
Ex-Dublin footballer, Ciaran Whelan, believes McCann needs to come out and apologise for his actions.
“If I was in his shoes, I’d come out, sweep it under the carpet and apologise and say ‘listen, yes it’s bad sportsmanship, I shouldn’t have done it, somebody got sent off as a result of it’.
“And hold your hand up, show a bit of honesty and integrity and say ‘I was wrong’. It will be interesting to see does it happen.”
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