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Huge boost for Kildare as Kevin Feely cleared to play against Armagh

The Kildare midfielder won his appeal against the black card he received against Clare in the Allianz League.

Feely picked up his third black card in the Leinster SFC final last weekend.
Feely picked up his third black card in the Leinster SFC final last weekend.
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KEVIN FEELY IS available to play in Kildare’s All-Ireland senior football championship Round 4B qualifier against Armagh next week after his black card against Clare in the Allianz League was rescinded.

The midfielder picked up his third black card of the year during last weekend’s Leinster SFC final after he was adjudged to have impeded Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey during the 2-23 to 1-17 defeat at Croke Park.

Three offences automatically warrants a one-match ban but after appealing to the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), Feely was cleared to play after his offence against Clare on 26 March was revoked.

The CCCC did, however, insist Feely’s black card against Dublin still stands, although he has the right to appeal.

Cian O’Neill’s Kildare face Armagh in the final round of qualifiers at GAA HQ on 29 July.

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Meanwhile, Down’s Kevin McKernan successfully appealed his black card from last weekend’s Ulster SFC final defeat to Tyrone, making him available to face Monaghan next weekend.

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