TIPPERARY’S JASON FORDE will miss the opening round of the Munster hurling championship after he was handed a one-match ban for his scuffle with Davy Fitzgerald.
The Premier midfielder took his case to the GAA’s Central Hearings Committee on Wednesday night where the incident from the fiery league semi-final in Nowlan Park was reviewed.
Forde was the Tipp player at the heart of the row with Wexford boss Fitzgerald who stormed onto the pitch to dispute a decision by the referee.
Fitzgerald is banned for Wexford’s first two games in the Leinster championship but the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) had also charged Forde with an alleged “assault on an opposing team official”, which would have led to a two-match ban if upheld.
That charge was dismissed and instead he was punished with the lesser infraction of “contributing to a melee” at Wednesday night’s hearing.
He will miss the Munster quarter-final on 21 May when Tipp open the defence of their provincial crown against Cork in Semple Stadium, although he can still challenge the decision at the Central Appeals Committee.
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