Tuesday 6 December 2016

Video: Anxious wait for Neil McGee as GAA ponder probe into Tralee 'hand-grab'

Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30

Donegal defender Neil McGee anxiously waits to hear if there will be disciplinary action for his role in the incident which led to Kerry's Alan Fitzgerald being sent off. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Donegal defender Neil McGee anxiously waits to hear if there will be disciplinary action for his role in the incident which led to Kerry's Alan Fitzgerald being sent off. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Donegal defender Neil McGee faces an anxious wait to see if there will be retrospective disciplinary action taken against him for his part in the incident which led to a red card for Kerry full-forward Alan Fitzgerald in Sunday's tempestuous Allianz Division One clash in Tralee.

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Fitzgerald struck the three-time All-Star defender in the opening minutes but TV cameras picked up McGee grabbing Fitzgerald's hand in an aggressive manner which appeared to provoke the Kerry man to react the way he did.

Referee Eddie Kinsella, on the advice of his officials, dealt with Fitzgerald but if McGee's action were not picked upon then video evidence is applicable.

McGee may have to sit out Sunday's visit by Roscommon if he does face a potential Category Three charge this week which covers behaving in a way which is dangerous to an opponent.

Fitzgerald was one of two players red carded with two Kerry footballers black carded and seven in all receiving yellow cards as the game began with a nasty undercurrent.

McGee, Kerry's Marc O Se and Donegal attacker Martin O'Reilly were left with bloodied faces after incidents during that game. Kinsella is understood to have spoken with the respective managers at half-time as they sought to quell things down.

Donegal's Paddy McBrearty yesterday spoke of the growing rivalry between the two teams.

"There was a good deal of physicality to it, but it was just two teams going at it," said the forward. "Yeah, it was physical. There is a big rivalry developing there between Donegal and Kerry."

The GAA's disciplinary arm, the Central Competition Controls Committee, had a scheduled meeting yesterday and have not been slow to come down hard on what they consider dangerous behaviour.

Dublin defender Philly McMahon sat out the opening round of the league against Kerry after being retrospectively banned for an incident with Kieran Donaghy in the All-Ireland final.

McMahon denied accusations of eye-gouging but opted to serve the suspension rather than engage in a disciplinary process.

Last week Armagh and Fermanagh were hit with €5,000 fines for a tunnel altercation that involved players and officials as the teams made their way off at half-time in their league match at Armagh's Athletic Grounds.

Irish Independent

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