Armagh football manager Kieran McGeeney has been banned for 12 weeks after an alleged verbal altercation with linesman Joe McQuillan during their Allianz Football League clash against Antrim at the Athletic Grounds last month.

Armagh won the game by two points but McGeeney found himself facing a 12-week suspension after the Central Competitions Controls Committee digested the referee's report.

The Armagh County Board took the case to the Central Hearings Committee, but the suspension was upheld.

McGeeney has the option of appeal to the Central Appeals Committee or the Disputes Resolutions Authority.

Should the Armagh boss decide against such action, he would miss the Ulster SFC quarter-final away to Down on 4 June and potentially the provincial semi-final, but he would be back for the decider in July if the Orchard County progressed that far.