Stephen Kernan loses appeal against club final ban

Stephen Kernan protests his innocence after being sent off by referee David Coldick in the All-Ireland semi-final
Stephen Kernan protests his innocence after being sent off by referee David Coldick in the All-Ireland semi-final

Crossmaglen captain Stephen Kernan looks set to miss the All-Ireland Club Football Final against Garrycastle after losing his appeal against his straight red card in the semi-final.

Kernan's appeal was heard by the Central Hearing Committee in Croke Park on Thursday but proved unsuccessful.

The Armagh and Ulster champions presented video evidence at the hearing.

Kernan appeared to retaliate following a foul by a Dr Crokes player.

The club captain's defence was thought to be based on the assertion that he had pushed rather than striking the Crokes player.

Kernan attended Thursday night's hearing along with Crossmaglen manager Tony McEntee.

It lasted almost three hours but having considered the evidence presented, Croke Park officials decided the red card should stand.

This means that as it currently stands, Kernan will play no part in the St Patrick's Day decider against the Westmeath club.

Crossmaglen officials have told BBC Sport that they will meet this weekend to decide whether to launch a further appeal.

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