Antrim enlist Brolly’s help – and Fitzpatrick is now free to face Donegal

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Antrim forward Matt Fitzpatrick is free to play for Donegal after the Saffrons brought in the help of Joe Brolly.

In the early hours of this morning, former Derry All-Ireland winner and well-known barrister and GAA pundit Brolly took to Twitter to confirm that Fitzpatrick’s proposed 48-week ban had been quashed.

Fitzpatrick was handed a 48-week ban earlier this week.

The Central Hearings Committee (CHC) deemed that Fitzpatrick had been in breach of rule 7.33 (aa) (4) of the Official Guide, which deals with members who have ‘given deliberately false evidence, whether orally or in writing, or to have deliberately misled any hearing’.

Initially, Fitzpatrick had been given a one-match ban by the Central Competitions Controls Committee arising out of his alleged part in an incident in a game against Armagh in March and, subsequently, was slapped with rather more serious charges by the CHC.

However, after enlisting the help of Brolly, the Antrim attacker is now cleared to play in Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal in Ballybofey.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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