Jason Forde will not be available for Tipperary's Munster SHC opener against Cork on Sunday after losing his appeal against a one-match suspension.

Forde had disputed the ban he picked up for "contributing to a melee" when confronting Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald during the Allianz Hurling League semi-final in April. 

Two weeks ago, the Central Hearings Committee halved his original two-match ban but the Premier had sought to have it quashed completely.

The CAC have now upheld that decision, however, and is expected that the Premier County will not pursue the case to the Disputes Resolution Authority.

Fitzgerald stormed on to the Nowlan Park pitch to remonstrate with referee Diarmuid Kirwan after corner-back James Breen wasn't awarded a free out in the lead-up to Tipp's second goal in a 5-18 to 1-19 win

It led to a confrontation with Forde and Niall O’Meara, with Fitzgerald later receiving an eight-week touchline ban for the incident.

He'll be absent from the sideline for the Leinster SHC quarter-final collision with Laois in two weeks as well as a potential meeting with Kilkenny should the Model County advance. 

Watch Tipperary v Cork (throw-in 4pm) live on RTÉ 2 and listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday May 21