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GAA | David Clifford's red card appeal unsuccessful

David Clifford's appeal against his red card in the Kerry Senior Football Championship quarter-final has been unsuccessful.

Two-time All-Star Clifford, who was sent off for an off-the-ball incident late on in East Kerry's victory over St Kierans last week, will now miss the club's semi-final against St Brendan's.

Clifford, 21, had scored a crucial late goal and added a point against St Kierans as East Kerry secured a 2-13 to 1-14 victory at Austin Stack Park.

The talented forward was also sent off - receiving a second yellow - for an off-the-ball tussle with Tyrone defender Ben McDonnell back in February's league meeting between the Kingdom and the Red Hand.

Earlier this week, former Kerry star Kieran Donaghy urged Clifford not to react to off-the-ball incidents.

"It is tough on David. He was also sent off last year," Donaghy told Sky Sports' Inside The Game.

"When you're an inside forward, you are targeted and he's been targeted non-stop, whether it's playing with Kerry or his club Fossa or East Kerry.

"The incident was unfortunate. He's running down the pitch, they're up [two points] and he's trying to get on a ball. A man meets him on the 45, grabs him around the neck. He (David Clifford) literally pulls him in and lifts his leg to get him off him.

"Unfortunately, it's often the reactor that's caught in these situations. Probably refs could do with a lot more help from umpires and linesmen on who is actually starting these altercations because you've got a forward that's running down the field trying to get on a ball and kick an insurance score and he's met by somebody that's not even looking at the ball.

"That's par for the course. David will have to learn and he will learn (not to react)."

Should reigning champions East Kerry prevail in the semi-final, Clifford's one-game ban will have been served, making him eligible for the final.

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