Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will miss Saturday’s All-Ireland Football Championship semi-final replay against Mayo after failing to get the red card he incurred in Sunday’s drawn game overturned.
The GAA’s Central Hearings Committee upheld the mandatory one-match ban proposed by the Central Competitions Control Committee on the star forward after his dismissal for striking Mayo’s Lee Keegan during a brawl late in the game.
However, Connolly could yet appeal to the Central Appeals Committee and then the Disputes Resolution Committee in a late bid to reverse the decision.
Four years ago the St Vincent's clubman was dismissed at the same stage in the Metropolitans' win over Donegal, but was subsequently cleared to play in the All-Ireland final as Dublin went on to record a dramatic one-point victory over Kerry.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin will have the 28-year-old at his disposal should his side progress to the final.