The Armagh player at the centre of the unsavoury incident which overshadowed last Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final has received the backing of his club ahead of the CCCC ruling.
Tiernan Kelly's club Clann Éireann has released a statement condemning the 'vilification' of the player - who has been sidelined with a blood clotting issue in recent months - after he appeared to make contact with the eye area of Galway's Damien Comer during the fracas which broke out at the end of normal time.
"As a club, the well-being of our playing members is of the utmost importance to us. As a club, and a family, we will support and protect Tiernan and his family from those who don't know him," the statement from the Lurgan club read.
"The vilification of Tiernan on social media over the last few days has been both unjust and unfair.
"Tiernan has been, and always will be, a great ambassador for our club. Anyone who knows him, will know the dedication and hard work he puts into both his club and county, along with the time he spends coaching and encouraging our young Gaels.
"His dedication to the GAA, both on the field and behind the scenes, has been nothing short of amazing. "One moment does NOT define a man.
"The GAA will have its due process regarding the issue. We would ask people to let this process take place before making judgement."