Carlow’s JJ Smith has been issued a 16 week ban after being red carded for a head butt against Longford in March’s league encounter.
The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) originally handed down an eight week sanction.
However, the disciplinary panel were obliged to double the punishment as it was the second time in 12 months that the forward had committed an offence which carried a two month suspension.
Last year Smith, who scored a goal against Longford shortly before he was sent to the line, was also dismissed in the All Ireland qualifier defeat to Derry. Like that early departure, this four month ban could well spell the end of his 2011 Championship.
On Sunday week, Carlow face last year’s Leinster finalists Louth. The winners will face either Wexford or Westmeath in the semi-final.
Whoever loses out in the Portlaoise clash will begin a stint in the qualifiers which kick off on June 25th, a week before Smith’s suspension will elapse.
The Rathvilly man has chosen not to appeal the decision.