The news all Waterford fans didn't want to hear
Waterford fans knew it was coming, but that won't lessen their disappointment.
Tadhg de Burca will not participate in Waterford's All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Cork in Croke Park on Sunday.
The Waterford hurler's appeal against his one-match suspension was rejected by the GAA's DRA panel in the wee hours of Friday morning.
He received the one-game suspension for an incident that occurred in a recent game against Wexford. Although the helmet-grabbing footage didn't seem very conclusive, reports earlier this week gave the Deise an inkling that this decision was coming.
Waterford defender Tadhg de Búrca's appeal fails at DRA level and he won't play against Cork in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final #GAA
— Jackie Cahill* 🖐👍 (@cahilljackie) August 11, 2017
De Burca was cited for a category III infraction of the GAA rulebook, for "behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of a faceguard or any part of an opponent’s helmet (in hurling)."
The incident in question occurred when Harry Kehoe tried to stop the Waterford man from making a break up the line and de Burca seemingly reacted by grabbing him and throwing him away.
The minimum penalty for such an offence is a one-match suspension.
The throw-in for the All-Ireland semi-final between Cork and Waterford is set for 3:30 pm this Sunday.