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Tipperary to appeal Seamus Callanan's red card

The county say the are ‘very anxious’ to have the decision overturned.

Seamus Callanan's red card will be appealed.
Seamus Callanan's red card will be appealed.
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TIPPERARY HAVE CONFIRMED they will appeal Seamus Callanan’s red card from Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League quarter-final victory against Offaly.

PRO Joe Bracken told local radio that Callanan is “very anxious” to have an appeal heard after he was dismissed during the second half following an off-the-ball incident involving Offaly’s Dermot Shortt.

And Bracken also stated that the Premier County will look to have the first yellow card received by corner back Cathal Barrett rescinded.

Barrett was later sent off for a second bookable offence as Tipp finished the six-point victory with 13 men.

Tipp are awaiting a DVD of the game from TG4, which should land this morning, before proceeding further with the appeals process.

In the meantime, GAA chiefs are expected to provide confirmation of a proposed one-match ban for Callanan today.

But Bracken insisted that Tipp will not take this punishment “lying down” and are hellbent on protecting their players.

After Sunday’s game, Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea expressed frustration with the ‘punishment’ that his forwards are receiving.

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And Bracken told Tipp FM: “The manager made it quite clear and everybody is fully behind him.

“We have to protect our players – they come in for some harsh work over periods of games, before the start and during the course of the game. “We’re not going to take this lying down.

“Everybody is fully supportive of Seamie and we’re going to look at Cathal Barrett’s first yellow card.

“He’s quite adamant that there’s nothing in that either.

“As you know, two double yellow cards within a 12-month period automatically qualifies you for a one-match ban so we’ll be looking to get that yellow card of Cathal Barrett’s overturned as well.”

Tipp are hopeful that Callanan’s appeal will be heard before the weekend and Bracken confirmed: “Not alone is Seamus Callanan very anxious to have an appeal heard, so is the manager Eamon O’Shea and so is the county board.

“Everybody is singing from the same hymnsheet there – you can take it that there will be an appeal put forward and hopefully that will be heard before the weekend and that the (red) card will be rescinded.

“That’s the desire and the express wish of the county board.”

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