Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHO

Kieran McGeeney banned for 12 weeks over incident with official - reports

The Armagh manager allegedly had a verbal altercation with Joe McQuillan.

KIERAN McGEENEY IS the latest inter-county manager to receive a sideline ban after the Armagh boss was handed a 12-week suspension for an alleged verbal altercation with an official last month.

The 2002 All-Ireland winner is the second high-profile manager to receive a suspension in recent weeks after Wexford hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald was handed an eight-week ban for encroaching on the field and having altercations with Tipperary players in a league semi-final clash against the Premier County.

McGeeney is in hot water over an incident involving Cavan linesman Joe McQuillan during a league game against Antrim, according to the Irish Independent.

It was a feisty Division 3 clash at the Athletic Grounds with three players, one Armagh and two Antrim, shown red cards by Fermanagh referee Niall Cullen.

The Orchard men ran out 1-12 to 0-13 winners against their Ulster rivals but agonisingly missed out on promotion to Division 2 with a one-point defeat to Tipperary at the same venue eight days later.

The Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) handed McGeeney a 12-week suspension after reviewing Cullen’s referee report.

It’s believed that the former Kildare manager appealed the ruling with the Central Hearings Committee but his ban was subsequently upheld.

McGeeney could take his appeal to the Central Appeals Committee or the Disputes Resolution Authority but if he chooses to accept the punishment he won’t be able to man the line when Armagh begin their Ulster SFC campaign against Down on 4 June.

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