Jason Forde to miss Tipperary's game with Cork

Forde's one-match ban has been upheld by the CAC

BY Daniel Kelly 09:53 Wednesday 17 May 2017, 9:53 17 May 2017

Wexford Manager Davy Fitzgerald clashes with Jason Forde of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary's Jason Forde is to miss Tipperary's Munster Championship opener this weekend against Cork.

The midfielder was handed a two-game ban for his role in Davy Fitzgerald's pitch incursion last month in the Allianz League semi-finals. Forde's ban was eventually reduced to one match.

Forde appealed the ban, and The Sun report that the Silvermines hurler's appeal to the Central Appeals Committee has been unsuccessful.

The one match ban will come as a blow to Tipperary as they begin their All-Ireland defence. Michael Ryan's side are looking to win three Munster titles in a row for the first time since 1989.

While Forde's ban was reduced to one game, Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is currently serving a eight-week ban. Fitzgerald's ban means he will not be on the sidelines for Wexford's Leinster Championship opener against Laois.

He will also miss a potential semi-final against Kilkenny on June 10th. The ban will conclude hours a possible clash with Brian Cody's side in Wexford Park.

The Wexford manager was widely slammed for his actions, with former All-Ireland winner Daithi Regan telling Off the Ball, Fitzgerald's decision to enter the field was "imbecilic, childish carry-on that was self-indulgent".

Former Clare captain Jamesie O'Connor added that Fitzgerald's behaviour could impact the team this summer, after an impressive league campaign where they earned promotion to Division 1A.

"I'd feel very disappointed for Wexford and the Wexford players if they go with the severe sanction and it affects their Championship preparations".



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