It has been confirmed that the GAA authorities have slapped an 8-week ban on Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. His incursion onto the field in his side’s Allianz league semi-final loss to Tipperary wasn’t his first infraction.
This, coupled with the on-field altercation with Tipperary players Niall O’Meara and Jason Forde, has earned the Sixmilebridge man the punishment. Meanwhile, the ban will prove costly for the championship for Wexford.
**Breaking**8 weeks for Davy Fitz, touchline ban for Leinster SHC opener and would be in stands for possible KK game too on June 10 #GAA
— Jackie Cahill (@cahilljackie) April 20, 2017
The 8 week ban is the minimum under the GAA’s Official Guide (page 129/130). Referee Diarmuid Kirwan reported the incident in his match report. As such the authorities had no choice but to enforce the rules. Fitzgerald was a fiery character on the touchline for Waterford and Clare in the past. In any event, it appears that he is making no changes on that front as manager of the yellow bellies.
The altercation in last weekend’s game came after Tipperary got a goal after what appeared to be a clear foul on a player Wexford.
The incident, should you need to see it again, can be found below:
Wexford play a round-robin qualifier in the Leinster senior hurling quarter-final on 27/28 May. Should the Slaneysiders win that, they will play Kilkenny in a provincial semi-final on 10 June.