'What Philly McMahon did was an absolute disgrace' - Criticism of Dubs defender, and Sunday Game analysis
Former Kerry All-Ireland winner Mike Quirke was one of the many observers last night unhappy that Dublin corner back Philly McMahon escaped unpunished after an unsavoury incident with Kerry's Kieran Donaghy.
Jim Gavin's Dublin saw off the challenge of the Kingdom to claim a 25th Sam Maguire and a third All-Ireland in five seasons, but one of the main talking points post-match was accusations of an eye-gouge by the Ballymun Kickham's defender on the Kerry captain.
With four minutes to go in the game, McMahon placed on the face of the substitute and Donaghy appeared to indicate to referee David Coldrick what had occurred. The official did not act on the accusation, but Twitter was awash with condemnation for one of Dublin's players of the season.
The Sunday Game briefly covered the incident, with Tomás Ó Sé suggesting the player may yet be landed in hot water over the incident.
"In 2009, we won an All-Ireland against Cork and I got a letter in the post saying that I actually stamped on a guy," he said. "He might get a letter in the post soon enough, I'd say.
"On a night like this you don’t want to be highlighting stuff like this and I personally think it’s wrong to be highlighting it on a night like this but there is an issue. There’s a case to be answered.”
Philly McMahon was excellent again today. But what he did to Donaghy was an absolute disgrace. #SundayGame— Mike Quirke (@Mike_Quirke) September 20, 2015
Understandable nobody wants to lay into a fella on All Ireland final day, but that Philly McMahon incident was shocking.— Jacqui Hurley (@jacquihurley) September 20, 2015
Thats an incredible soft landing 4 McMahon from @TheSundayGame when u consider the hanging other lads received this year for lesser offences— Aidan O'Rourke (@AidanORourke) September 20, 2015
@TheSundayGame Are you all afraid of legal letters tonight guys. Quit beating round the bush re Philly mc Mahon. Say it as it is.— Tony McEntee (@TonyMcEntee) September 20, 2015
This is incredibly windy analysis of an important incident by the panel on @TheSundayGame— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) September 20, 2015
Ciaran Whelan also had his say on the controversy.
"Philly plays the game on the edge. He's had a phenomenal year for Dublin in terms of his football. As Tomás said, he probably shouldn't have his hand in there."
Kevin McStay added that "his hand didn't need to be where it was," but some felt the analysis didn't go deep enough.
For-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry Mike Quirke labelled the incident a disgrace.
"Philly McMahon was excellent again today. But what he did to Donaghy was an absolute disgrace," he posted on his Twitter account.
Tony McEntee, a member of the Armagh side that claimed the 2002 All-Ireland with victory over the Kingdom, suggested the panel were afraid to speak their mind on the programme.
Thanks for the support from all family friends and supporters and for those who unfortunately were with us in spirit pic.twitter.com/VSgWJn4mtM— Philly Mc Mahon (@PhillyMcMahon) September 20, 2015
"Are you all afraid of legal letters tonight guys. Quit beating round the bush re Philly mc Mahon. Say it as it is."
McMahon has denied any wrongdoing.
Speaking to Marty Morrissey on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland programme, McMahon denied any wrong doing and claimed he was simply challenging for possession.
"It was a slippy day, the ball was on the ground to be challenged," he said. "I went down to challenge the ball and he's a big lad, trying to get around Kieran Donaghy is hard.
"It's the heat of the battle. We'd like to say it's part of our culture is humility and the same with the Kerry lads , What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch We shook hands and that was the end of it.
"We’re grown men, we play a physical sport. At the end of the day, the result is what ends it, we shake hands and get on with it."