It has been a long, drawn out process but finally, the decision on whether Waterford’s Tadhg De Búrca will be able to play in the All Ireland Hurling Semi-Final against Cork at Croke Park on Sunday has been made.
The news finally emerged in the wee hours of Friday morning (01:28) that the DRA have ruled his red card and subsequent one match suspension to stand.
Waterford defender Tadhg de Búrca's appeal fails at DRA level and he won't play against Cork in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final #GAA
— Jackie Cahill (@cahilljackie) August 11, 2017
De Búrca, of course, received a straight red card for pulling Harry Kehoe’s faceguard late in the quarter-final win over Wexford. It was hoped that the decision would be ultimately overturned but Derek McGrath and the rest of his management team must now plan for Sunday’s encounter without their star man,
This was the last chance of an appeal for De Búrca being successful. Having exhausted multiple avenues and being turned down each time, the DRA was his last hope of playing at Croke Park this weekend.