Tipp appeal Forde ban

Wexford will be without manager Davy Fitzgerald for the first two rounds of the Leinster Championship, after confirming they won’t appeal his 8-week ban.

The Wexford board have, however, described the punishment as “harsh”, and that they could have seen it lessened on appeal.

Wexford say the decision to accept the ban is done in the broader interests of hurling.

Fitzgerald will miss the county’s Leinster quarter final against a round robin qualifier, and a potential semi final with Kilkenny.

Meanwhile Tipperary manager Michael Ryan says Jason Forde did nothing to warrant a two-game suspension for his part in the incident.

Forde clashed with Fitzgerald as the Wexford boss was leaving the field.

The ban was proposed after video footage was reviewed, but the Tipperary county board have requested a date with the Central Hearings Committee on the issue.

If the ban stands, Forde will miss his side’s championship opener against Cork next month and the resulting Munster semi-final or All-Ireland qualifier.