Forde hit with eight week ban

Published 16/02/2016 | 00:00

Matty Forde
Matty Forde

Matty Forde, Wexford's Senior football forwards coach, has been handed an eight-week ban.

The former attacking star and the county's lone football All Star failed in his appeal to the Appeals Committee in Croke Park against a recommended ban.

The ban from the C.C.C.C. arose out of an alleged incident during the county's opening round game against Leitrim in Bellefield.

It was alleged to have taken place during the second-half when a group of players went over the sideline in a chase for possession close to the home side's dug-out.

However, despite the fact that little was made of the alleged incident at the time, referee Martin McNally, after consulting with Meath linesman David Gough, gave Forde just three minutes to leave the pitch, stating 'otherwise there will be 30 disappointed players'.

Wexford County Board decided to appeal the recommended ban, with Forde given a personal hearing on Thursday night where he was accompanied by Joe O'Shaughnessy.

However, despite Wexford's plea, Forde was handed an eight-week ban which technically means that he will be unable to have any input into Wexford's Senior football preparations during that period of suspension.

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