Kilmurry boss McDermott livid at TV 'trial'
Published 17/02/2010 | 05:00
KILMURRY-IBRICKANE manager Michael McDermott has claimed that Declan Callinan is the latest victim of trial by TV after the player received a four-week ban which rules him out of Sunday's AIB All-Ireland club SFC semi-final against Portlaoise.
The West Clare outfit confirmed last night that they will not appeal after Callinan was suspended following an off-the-ball incident with Tir Chonaill Gaels player Kevin Downes during the quarter-final on January 24 last.
Kilmurry were advised that their appeal arguments would not have worked while the club was unwilling to go down the expensive legal route.
The flashpoint was captured by TG4, who travelled to Ruislip to cover the game live, but Callinan was not even booked by match referee Martin Higgins from Fermanagh.
McDermott said: "When you're at the mercy of committees, whatever judgement they make, they make and that's it.
"Their decision is final, but as a team it could provide a rallying call for us. But it's terrible for the player, who has given so much to the club over the years.
"He's a real warrior and to see his All-Ireland semi-final ruined by video evidence is sad to see. If the incident warranted a yellow or red card, so be it and I would never defend something that should be dealt with, but he has been harshly dealt with.
"We showed evidence of a picture where the referee is standing right beside the incident. He saw it but didn't see anything wrong.
"The (opposition) player in question sent a letter saying that Declan did not strike him, yet Declan is set to miss out on the greatest day of his career as a club footballer."
McDermott, who is also Clare's senior football team manager, has forecast big problems for the GAA if the current trend of punishing players on video evidence continues.