Wednesday 18 October 2017

'It's ridiculous' - Galway corner-back Adrian Tuohy faces anxious wait to learn All-Ireland fate

Adrian Tuohy (inset) could be in trouble over an incident with Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher
Adrian Tuohy (inset) could be in trouble over an incident with Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Galway could be dealt a huge blow in their bid to bring the Liam MacCarthy back across the Shannon for the first time in 29 years with Adrian Tuohy's participation in the final hanging in the balance.

During the first half of the Tribesmen's 0-22 to 1-18 victory over Tipperary yesterday, Tuohy grabbed the helmet of Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher, while facing away from his opponent.

The incident immediately drew comparisons with Tadhg de Búrca's sending off in Waterford's quarter-final victory over Wexford. De Búrca will bring his case to have his one-match ban rescinded to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) this week.

The referee took no action against Tuohy at the time of the incident, but the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) may review footage of what occurred and take retrospective action.

Former Galway manager Ger Loughnane doesn't believe Tuohy should be robbed of a place in the All-Ireland decider over the clash with Maher.

Speaking on the Sunday Game he said: "The big problem is what happened with Tadhg de Búrca. It must include deliberately pulling or taking hold of a face-guard or helmet. Now is that deliberate?

"I was convinced that Tadhg de Búrca’s wasn’t deliberate - he was trying to get away from Harry Kehoe. Harry Kehoe made a big scene to the linesman and the linesman calls the referee to get his attention.

"Bonner didn’t make a big scene today even though he had to go off and replace the helmet so I think it’s ridiculous.

"Things happen by accident or they just happen in the game. Are they deliberately dangerous? I don’t think so."

Jackie Tyrrell felt the evidence was inconclusive.

"Adrian Tuohy is facing away from Bonner Maher, he’s facing away from the ball. If he was facing Bonner Maher and you could see where his hands were going you could say ‘yeah, that’s interfering with the helmet’.

"The fact that he’s facing away it’s hard to know but it does take a lot of force to remove the helmet. It’s not black and white, it’s hard to know."

Brendan Cummins believes the CCCC may feel compelled to act in light of the De Burca ban.

"Adrian Tuohy is facing away from Bonner Maher, he’s facing away from the ball. If he was facing Bonner Maher and you could see where his hands were going you could say ‘yeah, that’s interfering with the helmet’," he said.

"The fact that he’s facing away it’s hard to know but it does take a lot of force to remove the helmet. It’s not black and white, it’s hard to know."

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