WATCH: Diarmuid Connolly could face lengthy ban after he loses his temper once again 3 years ago

WATCH: Diarmuid Connolly could face lengthy ban after he loses his temper once again

Diarmuid Connolly could be facing a suspension after he appeared to push linesman Ciaran Branagan during Dublin's 12-point triumph over Carlow in the sides Leinster Championship first round clash on Saturday.

By the letter of the law, a “minor interference” with an official would lead to a minimum 12-week suspension.

Connolly's infamous temper got the better of him early on in the second-half when the linesman awarded a sideline ball to Carlow, with Connolly convinced it came off a Carlow player last.

It must be said, however, that the Carlow players were overzealous in their attempts to retrieve the ball from Connolly, and this was surely the reason he was so provoked.

The St Vincents forward was already on a yellow card for a high tackle earlier in the half, and was especially lucky to stay on the field after physically confronting Branagan.

Connolly wasn't the only player who failed to keep his cool in a feisty encounter O'Moore Park in Portlaoise with Brendan Murphy receiving his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident with Dublin's Jonny Cooper.

Tipperary's goalkeeper Evan Comerford was issued with a 12-week suspension on the back of an incident in a club game on Tuesday evening with referee Paddy Russell reporting him on the grounds of a “minor physical interference”.

One wonders if Connolly will be subjected to the same fate as Comerford.