Clonmel Commercials manager Charlie McGeever is appealing against a whopping six-month touchline ban imposed on him.

McGeever, who guided the Tipperary club to an historic Munster title last year, has been handed the lengthy suspension for a verbal altercation with a touchline official.

The incident took place following the recent county Minor A football final, as Commercials lost out to the Galtee Rovers/Golden combo.

As the issue is currently under appeal, it is understood that McGeever will be free to patrol the touchline when Commercials take on Loughmore-Castleiney in next Sunday’s county SFC semi-final in Boherlahan.

But if Commercials advance, McGeever may have to abstain from sideline duties for the final seven days later.

As well as masterminding county and provincial glory for Commercials in 2015, McGeever also guided the Tipperary minor footballers to an All-Ireland final appearance against Kerry.

Meanwhile, Tipperary football board chiefs are extremely unhappy with the venue choice for the Premier County's senior decider.

Requests to host the game at Semple Stadium were turned down by county board top brass.

Sunday October 30 was deemed out of the question for the football showpiece as Semple Stadium is already in use for an AIB Munster SHC quarter-final between Thurles Sarsfields and the Waterford champions, Passage or Ballygunner.

The football final was fixed for Cashel instead, despite appeals from football board officials to play it in Thurles on the Saturday evening, alternatively on November 6, or as part of a double-header with the hurling on the original date.

But the county board CCC is not for turning and the football board is unhappy that after a monumental year for the game in Tipperary, the county showpiece will not take place at Semple Stadium.

The venue hosted an excellent decider between Moyle Rovers and Commercials last year, after the 2014 and 2013 finals were played at Cashel’s Leahy Park.

As McGeever is appealing his suspension, he was reluctant to comment on the alleged incident he has been punished for, but he did express disappointment with the decision not to host the county final in Thurles.

He said: "Every young player who achieves something should have an opportunity to play in Semple Stadium.

"We must have a very different set-up to other counties because every county I know plays their major finals on their main pitch."

McGeever was at Semple Stadium last Sunday when St Mary’s, featuring a number of Commercials players, shrugged off their football disappointment to retain their county minor A hurling crown against JK Brackens Óg.

And he reflected: "I saw it at first hand, the profile of the match, the lead up and celebrations after.

"St Mary’s had mostly Commercials lads who suffered the disappointment of losing the county minor football final by a point but the occasion was very different, just from a spectacle and prestige point of view.

"Not having the football final there (Thurles) doesn’t add up in that sense."

The Commercials minors lost out to Galtee Rovers/Golden in the county minor football final in Thurles, before St Mary’s won the hurling decider at Semple Stadium, a game that served as the curtain-raiser to the Thurles Sarsfields-Kiladangan senior clash.