O’Meara hit with four-week ban

Tipperary have been left reeling by the news that Brian O’Meara has been hit with a four-week suspension.

The full forward, who made his Munster SHC debut against Cork last Sunday, was booked for an early second half challenge on opponent Shane O’Neill, but it has since emerged that the yellow card has been upgraded to red.

After being highlighted on ‘The Sunday Game’, the incident was studied by the CCCC who subsequently asked referee Barry Kelly to review his original call. And the Westmeath official concluded that he should have sent off the Kilruane McDonagh’s player for "behaving in a manner dangerous to an opponent".

The 20-year-old will now miss Tipperary’s first game in the All-Ireland qualifiers, which will be a preliminary round match on June 26 or a first round tie proper on July 3.

And even though the July 3 tie would fall outside the four-week ban, the player must serve a one-match suspension. Tipperary aren’t expected to appeal against the suspension.

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