Waterford’s Stephen Bennett has been hit with a one-match suspension following his clash with Damien Cahalane of Cork in last Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final.
Bennett clearly interfered with the helmet of the Rebels full-back but was not spotted by the referee, Barry Kelly. The Waterford forward dragged Cahalane to the ground with what appeared to be the faceguard following a clash between the pair.
Of course, interference with an opposition players helmet results in a straight red card as per the GAA rule book.
However, as Kelly missed the incident in question, having not dealt with it in any form, a post-match investigation was opened into the foul by a GAA disciplinary board.
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The Central Competitons Control Committee have proposed a one-match ban for the Ballysagart clubman, having cited him for a category III (iv) offence, which entails “behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of a faceguard or any part of an opponent’s helmet (in hurling).”
The Déise are said not to be planning an appeal, as per GAA journalist Jackie Cahill:
This will come as a huge blow for Derek McGrath’s side as the 21-year-old will now be sidelined for Waterford’s first back door qualifier, for which the draw is being made on Monday.