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Tiernan McCann free to face Kerry as proposed 8-week ban thrown out

The CHC had a late night.

Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Updated 1.25pm

TYRONE STAR Tiernan McCann has had his proposed eight-week ban lifted and is free to face Kerry in this weekend’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

A meeting of the Central Hearings Committee reportedly dragged on to the early hours of this morning as they made their decision.

McCann was slapped with the proposed ban for diving in the Red Hands’ last-eight win over provincial rivals Monaghan at Croke Park last time out. He feigned injury when Darren Hughes ruffled his hair; the Farney man was subsequently dismissed.

The CHC have this afternoon officially explained how the decision was reached:

“In relation to the above game (Tyrone v Monaghan), Tiarnan Mac Cana was charged with engaging in conduct, which discredited the Association.

“At a Hearing held on Wednesday the 19th August, The Central Hearings Committee found that the Infraction as alleged was not proven but that the facts proven disclosed the less serious Infraction of attempting to achieve an advantage by feigning an injury for which he should have been cautioned and shown a yellow card.”

Kingdom supremo Eamon Fitzmaurice insisted this week he expected the Killyclogher man to be free to line out.

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