Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal has been successfully cleared, meaning the St. Vincent’s clubman can play in this evening’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay against Mayo.
Late last night the Dublin forward had his one-match ban removed by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA). The final decision from the GAA’s independent arbitration tribunal was reached in the early hours of the morning around 2.30am.
Both the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) and the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) upheld the ban, which was imposed after he received a straight red card after tangling with Mayo’s Lee Keegan during the closing stages of last Sunday’s drawn semi-final.
Connolly also had a red card rescinded in the 2011 semi-final which allowed him to play in the All-Ireland final win over Kerry.
The result of the appeal has sparked outrage on social media and across the nation