Paul Brennan’s 12 week suspension stands

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It has been confirmed that Leitrim will be without Paul Brennan when they face Down in Pairc Esler on Sunday in the All-Ireland qualifier.

It has been confirmed that Leitrim will be without Paul Brennan when they face Down in Pairc Esler on Sunday in the All-Ireland qualifier.

Brennan’s 12 week suspension, for a category five offence in a Club Championship match between Melvin Gaels and St Mary’s Kiltoghert, was upheld last night in Croke Park.

A category five offence is described as being to interfere with a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official which covers minor physical interference (laying a hand on, pushing, pulling or jostling).

The offence also covers the use threatening language or to use threatening conduct towards a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official.

Paul Brennan was not present at last night’s hearing but did send his apologies.

The loss of Brennan to the Leitrim cause is a significant one for manager Sean Hagan who already has to plan without the services of Cathal McCrann, Paddy Maguire, James Glancy and Danny Beck.