Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea is likely to miss the upcoming games against Cork and Donegal after being red carded against Down last weekend.
The midfielder was issued with a straight red card from referee Barry Cassidy and would ordinarily have faced a one match ban. Under the GAA’s new suspension rules however; given that it is the second time in the last 48 weeks that O’Shea has received a red card for a Category 2 offence, he will face a further one game ban. O’Shea received his first red card for an incident involving Kerry’s Paul Galvin during the All-Ireland semi-final.
Mayo manager James Horan said it was unlikely that they would appeal the red card, but would wait until the referee’s report became available before making a final call on the matter.
Derry referee Cassidy was reportedly verbally abused at the end of a match which Mayo surprisingly lost by five points at home. It is thought fans were unhappy with the red card decision, which was awarded as early as the ninth minute and was viewed as the turning point of the game.
O’Shea will be a big loss to the Mayo cause as they aim to make the league play-offs; though their Division One status appears to be safe for another year with the Yew County currently lying on four points from three games played.