Antrim senior footballer Matthew Fitzpatrick received a 48-week ban earlier this week, which caused huge controversy in GAA circles. Fitzpatrick was alleged to have given false evidence and to have deliberately misleading an investigation. Not only the length of the ban was called into question, but also the nature.
The situation had arisen from the ill-tempered Antrim versus Armagh national football league clash on March 25th, which saw Kieran McGeeney hit with a 12-week touchline ban for a verbal altercation with an official.
Cue Joe Brolly. The outspoken pundit is a barrister by trade, and took up the job.
Last night and again this morning, he announced on his Twitter account that the appeal had been successful, and that the decision was overturned.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s appeal upheld by CAC just now. Decision quashed. Free to play on Sunday. The law will set you free..
— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) May 17, 2017
I can reveal that the case v Matt Fitzpatrick was thrown out on the well known legal basis that it was complete bollocks.
— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) May 18, 2017
Antrim take on Donegal in their championship opener this Sunday.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we talk to Declan Bonner ahead of Donegal’s Championship opener, and preview all the weekend’s Championship action.