Kerry's Stephen O'Brien has been cleared to play in the All-Ireland football final. 

The Kenmare clubman faced an automatic one-match ban having received three black cards this season - the last of which came in the dying stages of Sunday's semi-final win over Tyrone. 

The Kerry County Board this evening successfully appealed the black card he received against Meath in the Super 8s.

The forward, who pitched in with 1-02 and a man of the match display against the Red Hand in a 1-18 to 0-18 win, is now free to play against five-in-a-row-chasing Dublin on 1 September at Croke Park. 

In conversation with RTÉ GAA correspondent Marty Morrissey, manager Peter Keane said: "Stephen O'Brien's black card appeal has been successful. 

"The black card he received against Meath has been rescinded. Thankfully he's available to play in the All-Ireland final. 

"You don't want to see any fellow miss out on the playing of the big day and Stephen has been very good for us this year and over the last few years he's been a key player for Kerry. 

"This year in particular he's been playing very well for us."  

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, O'Brien sounded optimistic about his chances of appeal. 

"I think the black card in the Meath game was very harsh," he said. "I was running off the ball and it was an accidental head clash so we'll be certainly looking to appeal that one."

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