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Waterford's Conor Gleeson banned, and will miss the All-Ireland final

Déise midfielder was sent off for striking Patrick Horgan.

Gleeson: sent off against Cork.
Gleeson: sent off against Cork.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

WATERFORD MUST NOW decide whether to take Conor Gleeson’s case to the Central Appeals Committee after he was handed a one-match ban last night – ruling him out of the All-Ireland hurling final.

The Déise midfielder was sent off for striking Patrick Horgan in the closing minutes of the semi-final win against Cork.

Gleeson’s case was heard by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) and they found him guilty of “striking with a hurley with minimal force” in the flare-up, which also saw Horgan shown to the line.

County board chiefs must now decide whether they want to risk another drawn-out disciplinary saga ahead of their showdown with Galway on 3 September.

Tadhg de Burca’s appeal dominated the run up to the Cork game, and ultimately was not decided until less than 72 hours before throw-in when the Disputes Resolution Authority upheld the ban.

Derek McGrath’s side have already received one massive reprieve after GAA officials decided to take no action against Austin Gleeson, who risked a ban of his own for pulling the helmet off Cork’s Luke Meade.

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