Connolly’s red card overturned

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Updated: September 6, 2011

Dublin forward Diarmuid Connolly’s controversial red card in the semi-final has been overturned by the GAA’s Central Hearing Committee (CHC) meaning the St. Vincent’s man is free to play in Sunday week’s final.

Connolly’s sending off for raising his arms to Marty Boyle of Donegal created controversy for Boyle’s seeming over-reaction to the blow.

The Central Competitions Control Committee had recommended a four match ban for the offence but the CHC overturned the red after Connolly’s appeal.

Having starred in the quarter-final victory over Tyrone, Connelly is a likely to star in Dublin’s forward line for the final as they aim for their first Sam Maguire since 1995 against a dominant Kingdom side.

Kerry may feel aggrieved that full-back Marc O’Sé’s appeal was rejected following a similar incident at the end of the county’s league loss to Dublin in March when O’Sé reacted to a head butt from Dublin forward Eoghan O’Gara who was also banned.

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