Armagh’s hopes of beating Donegal at Ulster SFC could take a hit as star striker Rian O’Neill sweats over a possible suspension.
‘Neill was quoted after the ugly scenes at the end of the league game between the two teams in Letterkenny on March 27th, when players were kept in headlocks and there were occasional strikes.
If he is suspended for a game, he will miss the league game at Ballybofey on April 24.
With Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney without Stefan Campbell, Ciarán Mackin and Adrian Nugent due to their involvement in the melee, Orchard County would face a daunting task against Donegal.
Based on the content of referee Paddy Neilan’s report of the Letterkenny game, three Armagh players in Campbell, Mackin and Nugent were retrospectively given straight red cards banning them from the next senior game.
Donegal couple Neil McGee and Odhran McFadden-Ferry were also singled out.
Donegal made the decision early on that they would not appeal the decision. However, Armagh felt sufficiently offended that they would request a hearing against the proposed suspension.
In O’Neill’s case, it is believed that he was not mentioned in the umpire’s report but was checked and that is a course of action that was decided upon.
All GAA penalties are “proposed,” with the violator choosing whether or not to accept the penalty.
If not, they can seek a hearing as a first port of call.
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