The Disputes Resolution Authority have released a statement outlining their reasons for upholding Tadhg De Búrca’s suspension.
The DRA were the Waterford defender’s last court of appeal in his bid to be eligible for selection in Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork at Croke Park, but just as was the case with the Central Hearings Committee and Central Appeals Committee, the decision went against him and he will now have to sit the match out.
In a statement released by DRA Secretary Rory Hanniffy on Friday morning, it was stated that De Búrca had failed to make a case against why the decisions of the CHC and CAC were “irrational” in their own rulings and the subsequent punishment of a one-game suspension, insofar as failing to provide an adequate counter-argument for why those verdicts might have been incorrect.
The statement reads:
“An application to the DRA by Waterford Senior Hurler, Tadgh De Burca, challenging the decision of the Central Hearings Committee to impose a One Match Suspension for the offence of 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 (Riail 7.2 (b) Cat III (iv) T.O 2017) arising out of an incident which occurred during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship game between Waterford and Wexford, which said decision had been upheld by the Central Appeals Committee, was dismissed by a DRA Tribunal hearing at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin on 10 August 2017.
“The DRA Tribunal (Rory Mulcahy SC, Mr Niall Cunningham, solicitor and Ms Orlaith Mannion) held that the Claimant had failed to establish the decisions of the CHC and CAC were irrational in finding the infraction to have occurred and in imposing the minimum suspension.
“This statement is for information purposes only. The Tribunal’s full reasoned, written award will be communicated to the parties and published on the DRA website in due course.”
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