Clare’s Brendan Bugler has red card upheld

Will serve two-match suspension and therefore miss potential quarter final or relegation play-off

Brendan Bugler has had the red card he received during Clare’s win over Dublin upheld and will serve a two match suspension. Photograph: Inpho

Brendan Bugler has had the red card he received during Clare’s win over Dublin upheld and will serve a two match suspension. Photograph: Inpho

 

The red card shown to Brendan Bugler in Clare’s 2-22 to 2-20 Allianz League win over Dublin has been upheld after a hearing committee judged there was not enough evidence to overturn referee Cathal McAllister’s decision.

This means Bugler will have to serve a two-match suspension and will have to miss both Sunday’s game against Kilkenny and then a subsequent quarter-final or Division 1A relegation play-off, also likely to be against The Cats.

Bugler was sent off for an off the ball incident during a close encounter at Cusack Park but contested the decision, and a GAA statement read: “Brendan Bugler was ordered off for attempting to kick with minimal force. A Hearing was requested as he chose not to accept the proposed penalty.

“The Hearings Committee found that evidence provided was not sufficiently compelling to rebut the referee’s report therefore the Infraction was proven.”

Meanwhile Dublin’s Denis Bastic has had the black card he received during his side’s 0-15 to 1-10 defeat to Kerry downgraded to a yellow.

A GAA statement said: “Denis Bastic was ordered off on foot of a cynical behaviour infraction. A Hearing was requested as he chose not to accept the confirmation of penalty.

“The Hearings Committee found that the video evidence provided was sufficiently compelling to prove that the Defending Party did not deliberately pull down an opponent; however, it found that a lesser infraction of rough play had occurred. “

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