Donaghy in the clear
Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00
Kieran Donaghy will face no sanction for his altercation with Noel O'Leary in Sunday's Munster football final despite suggestions to the contrary.
Kerry star Donaghy kicked out at Cork's O'Leary when the pair tangled in the second half, but after consulting with his linesman Cormac Reilly, referee David Coldrick chose only to issue a yellow card.
Under the terms of the motion passed at Congress in April, the Central Competitions Controls Committee are not entitled to pursue the incident because the matter has already been dealt with by the officials.
On 'The Sunday Game', former Mayo footballer Kevin McStay suggested there may be a method for CCCC to still pursue Donaghy if he had been booked under a different heading.
But the matter won't be revisited and Donaghy is in the clear for the All-Ireland quarter-finals on the first weekend in August.
Donaghy played down the incident when speaking on Newstalk radio last night.
"I heard it looked bad on television but it actually wasn't, I looked back at him when I got the yellow card and he was running off laughing," he said.
"I was kind of laughing, saying, 'there was nothing in it'.
"I thought David Coldrick and his linesmen handled it very well, they saw it in real time, in real action, and it was a yellow card."
He added: "He (O'Leary) was kind of holding on my leg and I was trying to get my leg away from him. I wasn't trying to kick down on him.
"It was all a bit of fun, really, because we had a look at each other afterwards and he was smiling, and I was smiling, so there was no-one hurt in the whole thing.
"He gave that impression until he saw it was the yellow card and he was up pretty quick, but it was more a bit of hop-ball than anything else."