A general view of Croke Park.
A general view of Croke Park.

CHC Hearing: March 2023

Hearing 1 of 1: Mícheál Ó Donnghaile/ Mickey Donnelly

Defending Party: Mícheál Ó Donnghaile| An Dún

Competition: Allianz Football League Roinn 3

Fixture: Cabhán v An Dún

Venue: Kingspan Breffni Park

Data: 5ú Marta 2023

An Lár Choiste Cheannais na gComortaisí took Disciplinary Action against Mícheál Ó Donnghaile, alleging a breach of Riail 7.2 (c), Category IVa, T.O. 2022, that is to say, “Minor Physical Interference with a Linesman”.

Mícheál Ó Donnghaile requested a Hearing which took place on 14ú Márta 2023. An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) found the Infraction proven and imposed the following penalty:

12 weeks’ suspension at all codes and at all levels together with a two-match suspension in the same code at the same level, applicable to the next games in the same competition, even if one or both games occur(s) in the following years’ competition.

Mícheál Ó Donnghaile has the option of appealing against the decision of An Lár Choiste Éisteachta to the An Lár Choiste Achomhairc.

Disciplinary Process Explained


1. Disciplinary Action is commenced by the Central Competitions Control Committee

2. The Central Competitions Control Committee prepares a charge and notifies the Defending Party of the alleged infraction. (It also offers him the option of accepting a proposed penalty, without a Hearing).

Hearing (Hearings Committee)

3. The Defending Party can request a Hearing rather than accept the charge (and the proposed penalty).

4. The Hearings Committee (decision makers) decide whether the alleged infraction is proven. If it is proven, they impose a penalty.

Appeal (Appeals Committee)

5. If the Defending Party is not willing to accept the decision of the Hearings Committee and any penalty imposed, then he can appeal to the Appeals Committee.

6. The Appeal is heard by the Appeals Committee. The Appeal can only be successful where there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of Rule by the Hearings Committee or the Appellants right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such extent that a clear injustice has occurred. All avenues of appeal are now exhausted.

Arbitration (Disputes Resolution Authority)

7. If the Defending Party is still not willing to accept the imposed penalty, a request for Arbitration may be lodged with the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority), an external Independent Body whose decisions are legally binding.