Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien, coach Steven Poacher and star midfielder Brendan Murphy are to find out today if the GAA’s Disputes Resolutions Authority has looked favourably on their cases.
With a Leinster SFC quarter-final date with Meath looming over the horizon, the Irish Independent reports that O’Brien, Poacher and Murphy appeared in front of the DRA in a last ditch bid to have their respective suspensions quashed.
The trio were hit with lengthy bans after being reported by referee James Bermingham for using threatening language to an official following their controversial Allianz FL Division 3 defeat to Down at Netwatch Cullen Park.
Barrowsiders’ selector Tommy Wogan revealed to the Irish Independent that manager O’Brien is “very disappointed with the whole thing”.
He added: “I feel very much for him and the way he has been treated. In my own personal view, people need to walk in the footsteps of an inter-county manager to understand the frustrations of Turlough and Steven and the time and the effort that goes into it.
“They have put phenomenal work into it and, based on poor decisions, our season had drifted away.
“You're talking about two poor refereeing decisions possibly costing us staying in the division.
“That was our goal to stay in the division, bigger than anything in the championship.”Tweet