It's being incorrectly reported as an appeal everywhere when in fact it's just a hearing. Thus the name central hearings committee. It's at this level that obvious mistakes are corrected. He will appeal now and its at this stage that technicalities etc are brought in to play.
Disciplinary Process Summary
Misconduct at Games Infraction
The Competitions Control Committee proposes a penalty. It is either accepted or rejected.
If an individual or unit does not accept the purposed penalty, a Hearing is granted.
The Hearings Committee (decision makers) either impose a penalty or exonerate based on evidence presented during the Hearing.
If a penalty is imposed by the Hearings Committee, and the Defending Party is not willing to accept the imposed penalty, then an Appeal can be lodged to the Appeals Committee.
The Appeal is heard by the Appeals Committee. If an Appeal is unsuccessful then the penalty remains imposed and all avenues of Appeal are now exhausted within the GAA (The Appeal can only be successful where there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of Rule by the Hearings Committee or the Appellant’s right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such extent that a clear injustice has occurred).
However, if the Defending Party is still not willing to accept the imposed penalty, a request for Arbitration may be lodged to the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority) who are an external Independent Body
What a pile of wank of a process by the way.