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CHC upholds Tadhg de Burca suspension, Waterford will take case to Central Appeals Committee

As things stand, De Búrca will miss the All-Ireland semi-final with Cork.

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WATERFORD WILL TAKE Tadhg de Búrca’s case to the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC), after he was unsuccessful at Central Hearings Committee (CHC) level  this evening.

The CHC upheld the proposed one-match suspension from the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), following an incident involving Wexford’s Harry Kehoe in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday week.

As things stand, sweeper De Búrca will miss out on the Déise’s semi-final clash with Cork at Croke Park on Sunday, August 13.

Waterford manager Derek McGrath has the backing of county board officials to take De Búrca’s case all the way – and to the Independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) if necessary.

Ideally, McGrath would like De Búrca’s fate known by the weekend – which would give him the player a week to prepare for the Cork tussle, if he’s exonerated.

The CAC is Waterford’s next step and, failing that, they will pursue the DRA avenue, which is the final step along the road in the appeals process.

De Búrca was sent off late on following an off-the-ball clash with Harry Kehoe – and referee Fergal Horgan made to the incident in his official match report.

De Búrca was cited for a category III (iv) infraction, specifically ‘behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of a faceguard or any part of an opponent’s helmet (in hurling).’

The minimum penalty for such an offence is a one-match suspension in the same code and same level, leaving De Búrca ineligible for the Cork game at present.


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