Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever cleared over red card

Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever can play against Donegal on Sunday after GAA officials rescinded his red card in the league game against Laois last month.

McKeever faced a two-game ban for the dismissal after being reported by the fourth official for kicking Billy Sheehan in a half-time tunnel incident.

The CHC decided he should not be banned as a player cannot be sent-off on the advice of a fourth official.

The CCCC has now ruled that the red card should also not stand.

McKeever was shown the red card by referee Michael Duffy as the teams came out for the second half.

Armagh claimed their captain had been the target of racist and personal abuse.

McKeever will also be available for the Ulster Championship quarter-final against neighbours and fierce rivals Tyrone on 10 June.

Meanwhile a number of Crossmaglen players are expected to be available for this weekend's crunch game with Donegal at Ballybofey.

Jamie Clarke, Tony Kernan and James Morgan are already reported to have rejoined the squad while Paul Hearty, Aaron Kernan and Johnny Hanratty are expected to join them in Paddy O'Rourke's panel.

The Orchardmen must win to be certain of avoiding relegation from Division One.