Ryan Byrne/INPHO Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien.
Carlow suspension saga to drag on until next week after DRA ruling
Brendan Murphy, Turlough O’Brien and Steven Poacher are set to have their cases heard by the CAC once again.

CARLOW’S BID TO have midfielder Brendan Murphy, manager Turlough O’Brien and coach Steven Poacher cleared to be involved in the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath will drag into next week after last night’s ruling by the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA).

The42 understands that the trio’s appeals have been sent back to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) for reprocessing after the DRA Tribunal ruled it was not satisfied the cases were properly dealt with by the CAC.

The cases are set to be heard by the CAC within the next week. 

Carlow are desperate to have O’Brien, Poacher and Murphy for the clash against the Royals on 25 May.

Murphy and Poacher were suspended for 12 weeks, while O’Brien was slapped with a 20-week ban for using threatening and abusive language towards referee James Bermingham at the end of the Division 3 defeat to Down on 16 March.

The trio failed in their initial appeal to the CAC and brought their cases to the DRA in a last-ditch attempt to have the suspensions overturned. 

With the cases returning to the CAC, Carlow have the opportunity to put forward new arguments or information as part of their appeal. 

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