Tuesday 21 February 2017

Jim Gavin downplays 'unfair' gouge accusations levelled at James McCarthy

Published 28/03/2016 | 07:23

James McCarthy appears to make contact with an opponents eye
James McCarthy appears to make contact with an opponents eye

Dublin's sixth consecutive League win was marred by James McCarthy's red card, and the All-Ireland champions now face an anxious wait to see if McCarthy will be cited retrospectively for an alleged eye gouge.

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Jim Gavin's side were comfortable 1-10 to 0-7 victors but tensions boiled over on a number of occasions, resulting in the dismissals of McCarthy and Donegal skipper Michael Murphy.

During an altercation with Martin McElhinney, McCarthy's fingers seem to stray close to his eye area when footage of the brief melee is slowed down, but Gavin, who hadn't seen the incident, claimed it was a "strong allegation" to suggest it was intentional.

"I think that's a very strong allegation that you're making to me considering that I haven't seen the footage, and to be suggesting that there was something malicious in it, I don't think that's a very fair question to ask me," Gavin said to Newstalk.

"There are lots of instances in the game where, if you slow them down to a tenth of a second playback, that things mightn't look as pretty as they would in normal time."

Watch the incident below:

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