Tipperary hurling coach Tommy Dunne faces three-month ban over referee dispute


Tipperary hurling coach Tommy Dunne faces a three-month suspension following a verbal altercation with referee Johnny Murphy early in the second half of Munster SHC’s first-round match against Waterford at Walsh Park on Sunday.

Unne was shown a red card by Murphy as teams reappeared after the break, keeping him off the sidelines for the second half.

However, it has since been revealed that Murphy reported him for abuse consistent with a Category 5 violation, for which the minimum penalty is a three-month ban.

Dunne and Tipperary have received notification of the proposed penalty and he will have an opportunity to challenge it at a hearing, an opportunity Tipperary officials have announced given the severity of the ban.

Murphy initially appeared to show Dunne the yellow card, but as the exchange continued he showed red.

Tipperary manager Colm Bonnar lamented Dunne’s absence in the second half.

“He was a big loss on the sidelines because he has tremendous energy and a big voice,” Bonnar said.

“When you’re in a hostile place like Walsh Park you need someone like that on the sidelines and he pushed us and pushed everything. The players have great respect for him and respond to all his calls.”

Dunne will be banned from any association with the Tipp senior team for three months if he is unsuccessful at his hearing.

It has since emerged that two Armagh players, not three, had their one-game bans lifted by the Central Appeals Committee last night.

Ciaran Mackin accepted his sentence last week and has not appealed. In the Ulster quarter-finals with Donegal on Sunday he was eliminated anyway due to injury.

However, Stefan Campbell and Aidan Nugent were asked for clarification on how they contributed to a melee after the fact due to an apparent lack of detail. Tipperary hurling coach Tommy Dunne faces three-month ban over referee dispute

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