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Kerry school accept decision to replay match following black card controversy

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Cork’s Coláiste Chríost Rí will meet again in the Corn Ui Mhuirí.

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POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE have accepted the decision to replay their schools GAA match against Coláiste Chríost Rí.

The Munster schools are due to meet again after a black card controversy saw the result of their Corn Ui Mhuirí football quarter-final struck out.

“In the interest of the students of both schools, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne accepts the decision that the game be replayed,” principal Padraig Firtéar said.

Fixture details for the replay are still to be confirmed.

Chríost Rí’s appeal against the original game, won by Chorca Dhuibhne in extra-time, was upheld on the grounds that there was an error in the black card shown to Barra Ó Súilleabháin.

Under the new disciplinary rules Ó Súilleabháin — who was already on a yellow card — should have been sent off but instead Corca Dhuibhne brought on a substitute to replace him.

Firtéar said: ”Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne rejects any implication that the team management acted improperly.

All actions of the team management at the time of the substitution were carried out with the full knowledge and on the advice of the relevant match officials.

“We also strongly reject any notion that the management of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne had any inappropriate influence on any match official as has been suggested.

“We now consider the matter closed and we have no further comment to make at this time.”

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