Armagh star Connaire Mackin could be handed ban for Conor Glass incident as CCCC ponder retrospective action

Armagh's Connaire Mackin is helped off the pitch after picking up an injury  during last Sunday's win over Derry at Celtic Park
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Armagh could be without Connaire Mackin for their Group One showdown with Glaway next weekend as the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCC) look into an incident during last Sunday’s facile win over Derry in Celtic Park.

Mackin, who was a late call-up for his brother Ciaran who sustained a season-ending cruciate knee injury in training, was involved in altercation with Derry skipper Conor Glass in the first half.

With Glass on the ground, Mackin’s foot made contact with the Derry midfielder’s head, albeit the force was minimal and the Armagh man was pushed in the direction of Glass by Lachlan Murray.

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However, striking with the hand or foot, regardless of force, carries a one-game ban as a Category Three offence.

As it wasn’t seen by match referee David Coldrick at the time, the CCCC could propose a penalty which could potentially rule Mackin out of Armagh’s crucial Group One clash with Galway, which will be played at Sligo’s Markievicz Park on Sunday week.

The incident, although missed by Coldrick, was highlighted by the Sunday Game’s live coverage and again during their highlights programme later that evening.

Speaking at half-time during RTÉ’s coverage, Sean Cavanagh said: “Connaire Mackin takes a bit of a shove from Lachlan Murray and on the way past he throws a bit of a boot out.

"It is just silly, it is just petulant. He is not going to really damage (Glass) but he is being a pest there and you don't want to see that. If the wrong lineman or umpire sees that he goes.

"It is a kick-ish. It is not a full-blown kick. It is never going to do massive damage but he shouldn't be doing it."

Writing in the Irish Examiner, former inter-county referee Brian Gavin called on the GAA to take action, saying: “Armagh’s Mackin flicked his leg out and caught Glass, who was lying on the ground, on the head. It was a difficult one for (David) Coldrick and his team to see but it was a sly, sneaky act that has no place in the game and deserves punishment.”

Even if Mackin doesn’t pick up a suspension, he remains a doubt for the clash with the Tribesmen after picking up a knock in the second half while Andrew Murnin also missed the 11-point win over Mickey Harte’s side.

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