Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe
Alan McCrabbe is appealing the one-match ban he received following his dismissal in Dublin’s drawn Allianz Hurling League Division 1A relegation playoff against Galway last Sunday.
It’s understood the former All Star will bring video evidence to tomorrow night’s Central Hearings Committee in a bid to clear his name and be available for Saturday’s replay in Portlaoise. McCrabbe, who came on 14 minutes from the end of normal time, was issued with a straight red card in extra-time by referee Barry Kelly for an alleged striking offence.
His team-mate Ryan O’Dwyer was also red-carded at the start of extra-time and as it was his second red card in 48 weeks – he was also sent off against Galway in last summer’s Leinster SHC semi-final – he must serve a two-match ban.
That means he will miss Saturday’s game as well as Dublin’s Leinster SHC opener against either Carlow or Laois on June 2. He will be available, however, for the Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny should Dublin advance.