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Suspension rules Philly McMahon out of Dublin's championship opener

The Dublin defender has been hit with a one-match ban relating to the Allianz League final defeat to Kerry.

Philly McMahon argues with referee Paddy Neilan during Dublin's defeat to Kerry last month.
Philly McMahon argues with referee Paddy Neilan during Dublin's defeat to Kerry last month.
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DUBLIN WILL BEGIN their defence of the Sam Maguire on Saturday, 3 June without the services of corner-back Philly McMahon.

The four-time All-Ireland winner has been handed a one-match ban relating to Dublin’s defeat to Kerry at Croke Park in the Allianz Football League Division 1 final on 9 April.

According to a statement released this evening by the GAA, the Central Competitions Control Committee took disciplinary action against McMahon due to “abusive language towards a referee”.

The 29-year-old requested a hearing, which took place this evening, and the Central Hearings Committee “found the infraction proven” and imposed a suspension of one match on the Ballymun Kickhams player.

The punishment rules McMahon out of Dublin’s Leinster senior football quarter-final against Carlow at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise a week on Sunday.

However, the player does have the option of appealing in the meantime to the Central Appeals Committee.

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