As the drama stemming from the Davy Fitz-Jason Forde saga continues to rumble on following the events at Nowlan Park last Sunday week, the tale has taken another unexpected twist.
Davy has offered his assistance to Tipperary in their appeal against the proposed suspension of Jason Forde.
The Wexford boss has contacted Tipperary manager Michael Ryan to offer to help overturn a proposed two-game ban handed to Forde as a result of his role in the altercation between the pair after Fitzgerald invaded the pitch to remonstrate with the referee during the first half of the National Hurling League semi-final between the Premier and Model counties.
Fitzgerald was subsequently given an eight-week touchline ban for instigating the incident and being the main perpetrator in what could have proved to be a very unsavoury scene had cooler heads not have prevailed.
The Clare native has accepted his punishment, meaning he will miss a potential Leinster semi-final clash against Kilkenny, as his behaviour was widely condemned and will serve his suspension, although the Wexford County Board did label the ban as “harsh”.
As for Forde’s ban, his manager has expressed the Tipp camp’s belief that the said suspension is “horrendous.” Ryan feels the penalty is completely excessive and undeserved. Speaking after Sunday’s league final defeat to Galway, when quizzed on the matter, the Upperchurch-Drombane clubman said:
“The proposed punishment does not fit the crime, in my opinion.
“We’ll just be looking that balance and fairness will be the order of the day when we make our case in Croke Park.”
Representatives of the All-Ireland champions are set to meet with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) in Croke Park, where they will make a case for the Silvermines hurler’s ban to be rescinded. Now, the 2013 All-Ireland-winning manager with the Banner has reportedly stated he sees the Tipp player’s recommended ban as unwarranted and has reached out to assist in the appeals process.
As Forde lined out for Tipp in Sunday’s defeat to Galway at the Gaelic Grounds, the proposed two-game suspension by the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) would see the marksman miss the side’s first couple of championship outings this season.
Hat-Tip: Irish Examiner
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena
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