Three of Armagh’s four suspensions have been upheld by Croke Park's Central Hearings Committee (CHC).
With Rian O’Neill’s proposed one-match ban being rescinded on a technicality, Stefan Campbell, Ciarán Mackin and joint skipper Aidan Nugent’s penalties were endorsed by the CHC.
The four players were cited for their involvement in a brawl at the end of the Division 1 game against Donegal in Letterkenny’s O’Donnell Park last month. Donegal chose to accept the one-game suspensions issued to Neil McGee and Odhrán McFadden-Ferry.
The past number of weeks have been a rollercoaster for the fans who are mulling over possible team selections if the team members, now known as the "Armagh 3", don't play any part in the pending Ulster clash.
However, Kieran McGeeney could be looking at a strong bench, with Conor Turbitt, Oisin O'Neill, Cian McConville and Niall Grimley all expected to get game time. There is no word currently on an alleged injury to Andrew Murnin's hamstring.
The trio, who along with O’Neill were represented by a team of solicitors in Croke Park last night, now have the option of bringing their cases to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) in an attempt to avoid missing the Ulster SFC quarter-final against Donegal in Ballybofey on Sunday week.
Should the CAC endorse the CHC’s decision, they could seek a hearing with the Disputes Resolution Authority, but this final scenario would push the disciplinary issues to the eleventh hour, which may or may not have an unsettling effect on the squad.
Ironically, the tie with Donegal has become almost obsessive for the fans who are now involved in a ticket scramble.