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Dublin's Small to miss opening Super 8s tie after Leinster final red card upheld in hearing

A one-match suspension has been imposed on the key defender after he was dismissed in the provincial decider.

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DUBLIN DEFENDER JOHN Small will miss Dublin’s opening Super 8s game against Donegal after the red card he received in the Leinster SFC final was upheld in a hearing.

Small was dismissed in the 57th minute of Dublin’s 18-point victory over Laois in the provincial decider last month for a strike to the face of Evan O’Carroll.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) took disciplinary action against the Ballymun Kickhams man for an alleged rule breach in relation to ‘striking with hand.’

The GAA says in a statement that Small requested a hearing with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) about the decision which took place on Wednesday.

The infraction was found to be proven and the CHC imposed the penalty of a one-match suspension in the same code and at the same level applicable to the next game in the combination of the National League/inter-county senior championship, even if the game occurs in the following year.

This verdict means Small will be unavailable for selection for Dublin’s Super 8s clash with Donegal in Croke Park on Saturday 14 July.

Small has the option of appealing against the decision of the CHC to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC).

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