Ronan McCarthy's 12-week ban for breaching the GAA's training ban has been upheld by the Central Hearing Committee, with the Cork manager's suspension beginning on 18 February.

McCarthy requested a hearing after a 12-week ban was proposed, when the Cork senior footballers were found to have gathered on a beach in Youghal for a team-building exercise during Level 5 restrictions.

The CHC upheld the charge of "misconduct considered to have discredited the association".

McCarthy can appeal the decision, but the start date for the suspension means it is likely McCarthy will miss little of the inter-county season, with the start date for training up in the air until the Government outline their strategy for easing coronavirus restrictions.

On 5 January, the GAA confirmed that no collective training would be permitted for inter-county teams until further notice, warning that breaches would be dealt with under Rule 7.2 (e).

With the country in Level 5, Covid-19 restrictions until 5 March at the earliest, that situation remains. 

Down manager Paddy Tally received an eight-week ban, his proposed 12-week suspension reduced after members of the county panel gathered in Newry.

McCarthy did acknowledge that the session on Youghal beach, filmed by a member of the public and then circulated on social media, was a "team building" exercise.