Dublin footballer James McCarthy will miss the first competitive game next year, after being retrospectively charged for an altercation with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor at the end of normal time of last month’s All-Ireland semi-final - that's according to the Irish Independent.

McCarthy was picked up on camera lashing back at Diarmuid O’Connor as the pair ran back outfield after Rob Hennelly’s retaken ‘45’ had sailed between the posts to force extra-time.

O’Connor fell to the ground and his Mayo colleagues protested vehemently, triggering a stand-off between both sets of players after referee Conor Lane had blown for full-time.

 

The GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) has since reviewed the incident and deemed it worthy of a charge for which he has been suspended and will now miss the opening game next year, presumably in the Allianz League unless the fixtures schedule changes at a Special Congress later in the year.

Meanwhile, John Small is not facing any retrospective charge, arising out of his challenge on Eoghan McLaughlin in the same game however, as the referee saw it in real time and allowed play to continue.

The Mayo defender underwent jaw surgery the day after Mayo’s win over Dublin but has been involved in some training in recent weeks.

 

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