Tipperary could be without goalkeeper Evan Comerford for the Munster Championship an incident after a club game during the week with a former inter-county referee.
It is being reported that the 22-year-old is in line for a 12-week ban – a suspension that would cover both club and inter-county games.
Former All-Ireland final referee Paddy Russell was the man who reported the inter-county man after an altercation between the two in the aftermath of the Kilsheelan-Kilcash’s defeat to JK Brackens in the club championship on Wednesday.
According to Independent.ie:
“It’s understood that Russell, who refereed the 1990 and 1995 All-Ireland senior football finals, was preparing to submit his official match report yesterday.
“And according to sources close to the vastly-experienced Emly whistler, he was set to report Comerford for minor physical interference, an offence that carries a 12-week ban.
“The nature of the infraction means that it applies to all codes and at all levels.
“Should Comerford’s worst fears come to pass, he would be suspended until mid-August, and potentially facing a summer without inter-county football.”
That would mean that it is highly unlikely that Comerford, who was nominated for an All-Star last year, will play any part for Tipp this season – barring an incredible run like the Premier had last year.
Tipperary face the winner of Saturday’s clash between Cork and Waterford on June 10 in a match that will be hosted at Páirc Uí Rinn, should the Rebels win their opener at the weekend.
Joel Slattery, Pundit Arena