Armagh allege 'racist' abuse as Grimley faces 12-week ban

Paul Grimley approaches referee Michael Duffy in Portlaoise
Paul Grimley approaches referee Michael Duffy in Portlaoise

Armagh have claimed their players were subjected to alleged ''racist and personal abuse'' during Sunday's league defeat to Laois.

County secretary Patrick Og Nugent made the accusation in a statement released on Tuesday night.

BBC Sport understands that Armagh selector Paul Grimley has received a proposed 12-week ban for confronting referee Michael Duffy after the match.

Ciaran McKeever has picked up a proposed two-match suspension.

The Armagh captain, who was sent-off for allegedly striking a Laois player in the tunnel as the two teams made their way off the pitch at half-time, has been cited for a Category Two offence which carries a one match ban.

However as he has already received a retrospective one match ban for an incident against Cork earlier in the campaign, the punishment is doubled up.

A two-match ban would rule McKeever out of Armagh's remaining league games against Down and Donegal as they bid for survival in division one.

Armagh have confirmed they will seek a personal hearing for McKeever.

Grimley's proposed 12-week suspension is also expected to be challenged.

In a strongly worded statement, Nugent claimed that Armagh players were subjected to racist taunts against Laois.

''The chanting of 'God Save the Queen' and malign taunting has no place either on or off the field of play,'' he said.

Armagh host Down at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday needing a win to stay in the top flight.