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Fallout: Dromid Pearses hit with three year ban

The Kerry club have been barred from representing the county or their province in the club championship until 2016.

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THE FALLOUT OF the January brawl in Portlaoise’s O’Moore park has continued today.

Dromid Pearses have been handed a three-year ban by the Central Hearings Comittee (CHC).

The sanction relates to the south Kerry club’s part in the violent scenes which marred their All-Ireland JFC semi-final defeat to Derrytresk on 22 January.

The Tyrone club have already been landed with a similar ban, though theirs is the longer, lasting five years.

The terms of the punishment mean both clubs will still be allowed compete in their respective county championships. However, neither outfit will be allowed represent their county or their province should they succeed in winning.

Dromid Pearses, who were unavailable to comment this morning, appealed to the CHC  and had the minor success of having their initial €2,000 fine halved.

However, the cost taken to appeal the CCCC decision is thought to come close to cancelling out the €1,000 deduction.

Three of the club’s players on the day were also hit with lengthy bans; Donal O’Sullivan (three months) Colm O’Connor (four weeks) and Denis O’Sullivan (eight weeks).

None of the trio have were appealed, despite the latter suffering a broken cheekbone in the melee.

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