Limerick football final fan seeks personal hearing

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

THE supporter at the centre of the Limerick football final controversy has requested a ‘personal hearing’ into his proposed 96-week suspension.

THE supporter at the centre of the Limerick football final controversy has requested a ‘personal hearing’ into his proposed 96-week suspension.

The maximum suspension was proposed for Dromcollogher-Broadford’s Martin Stokes by Limerick GAA’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC) last week.

However, LeaderSport has learned that Stokes has requested to appear before the Hearings Committee to ‘review his case’.

While Stokes has opted not to accept the proposed suspension, it is understood that he did not attend last weekend’s replayed final.

As it stands the proposed suspension would ban him from attending all GAA fields and premises - which is clearly very difficult to enforce.

He would also be banned from playing any role within a club committee or as a team mentor with any team.

There are still a number of options available to Stokes, aside from the appearance before the Hearings Committee.

He could then take his case to the Munster Council.

If he was still unhappy, the final option available to the father of former inter-county footballer Jason, would be to take his case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

All three options of appeal could see the proposed suspension increased or decreased.

While 96 weeks is the maximum suspension available to the GAA, there is also an option of a life time ban.

Almost four years ago to the day a Monagea man was the last Limerick man to be hit with the maximum suspension of 96 weeks after an altercation between the supporter and a player during the 2008 county junior A hurling championship game against St Patrick’s in Kilmallock.

While Limerick GAA officials proposed the lengthy suspension for Martin Stokes, the CCC handed down no other suspensions arising from incidents in the initial final between Newcastle and Dromcollogher-Broadford in the Gaelic Grounds.