Referee Joe McQuillan sent off Connolly towards the end of a fiery semi-final. Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Blow for the Dubs as Diarmuid Connolly's replay ban is upheld

Vincent’s star must decide whether to continue his appeal before Saturday’s clash with Mayo.

DUBLIN STAR DIARMUID Connolly is set to miss the All-Ireland senior football semi-final replay after GAA bosses upheld his ban.

The Central Hearings Committee ruled that Connolly should serve the one-match suspension following his red card in the ill-tempered draw with Mayo.

The St Vincent’s star can still take his case to the Central Appeals Committee ahead of the sold-out Croke Park showdown on Saturday evening.

If that fails, he could appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority in a final bid to have the ban overturned.

Tangled up in blue: Connolly and Keegan clash... Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

...before Cillian O'Connor arrives on the scene. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Connolly was one of Dublin’s standout performers in the drawn game, scoring 1-2, but was sent off in the final minutes for striking Lee Keegan.

The two tangled off the ball and Connolly was seen to hit Keegan before they were separated.

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Mayo managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes last night named an unchanged side for the replay with Rob Hennelly and David Drake both retaining their places.

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