Matty Forde facing a possible suspension

By Brendan Furlong

Published 10/02/2016 | 00:54

11 January 2015; Wexford selector Matty Forde. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
11 January 2015; Wexford selector Matty Forde. Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group D, Round 3, Wexford v Wicklow, Pairc Ui Suiochan, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Wexford football coach Matty Forde is facing a possible ban from the game.

In the build-up to their second round game, Wexford's preparations were hampered somewhat when news filtered through that Forde is being investigated by the Central Competitions Control Committee (C.C.C.C.) for an alleged incident during the county's opening round victory over Leitrim in Bellefield, with a possible suspension being recommended.

The incident is 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. The matter was over within seconds and play resumed with a sideline kick to the visitors.

However, some moments later Monaghan 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'.

Forde left the Wexford dug-out area but it was believed that that would have been the end of the matter.

However, David Power confirmed 'there is the possibility of a suspension but hopefully common sense will prevail. The referee did not approach Matty immediately after the incident or take his name, until seconds later during the course of play, asking him to leave the pitch'.

For the moment Wexford G.A.A. officials are remaining tight-lipped on the situation and are not commenting on any proposed findings from the investigations committee.

However, it's understood that any proposed ban for Forde will be appealed.

 

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