Thursday 29 September 2016

'It was a clear case of self defence' - Joe Brolly on decision to rescind Diarmuid Connolly red

Published 05/09/2015 | 17:02

Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, leaves the pitch after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, leaves the pitch after being shown a red card. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Former All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly has given his support to the DRA decision to overturn Diarmuid Connolly's one game ban after he was sent-off for a strike on Lee Keegan last week.

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The Sunday Independent columnist, who is also a practising barrister, believes that the final stage of the appeals process made the correct decision to overrule the rulings of the CHC and CAC.

"The fairest hearing you get is with the DRA because they're lawyers and they're independent of the GAA," Brolly told The Saturday Game on RTE.

"Joe McQuillan is right to send him off for striking but the defence that's put forward is self defence.

"Let me out it this way as a practicing barrister for 20 years, what happened on the pitch that day with Lee and Diarmuid... if that happened on the street under CCTV outside a bar, the prosecution service wouldn't prosecute.

"This is one blow, he's being held in a choke hold and look at the amateur footage.

"The reason for the decision was overturned is, from what I understand, their had not been a fair hearing.

"It's not the wild west, the GAA must apply the laws of Ireland and the concepts of fairness and justice can't be left to the mob.

"To me, it was a very clear case of self defence."

Diarmuid Connolly was drafted into Dublin's starting XV in place of Alan Brogan.

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