'You can't attack him off the ball' - Offaly's star Shane Dooley happy incident was aired
It’s not often that athletes express gratitude to pundits, but that’s precisely what Offaly hurler Shane Dooley did following last night’s Sunday Game.
In yesterday’ Leinster hurling semi-final, Galway ran out 10-point winners over Offaly and booked their place in the provincial decider against Kilkenny in two weeks’ time.
Their cause was undoubtedly aided by the dismissal of Colin Egan for his challenge on Fergal Moore just before the half hour mark.
Indeed, it was a tempestuous affair and Galway also found themselves down to 14 man by then end of business with Conor Coney receiving his marching orders.
Yet, according to Sunday Game panellist Cyril Farrell, the Tribesmen should have been down a man long beforehand. Specifically David Burke, for his conduct towards Shane Dooley. The incident occurred right in the line of vision of referee Com Lyons.
He said: "David Burke is very lucky, most times he'd just get a red card. You can't do that to a man without the ball. You can't attack him without the ball. He was lucky he didn't get sent off aswell. You just can't do that. That's a red card."
Obviously touched by the sentiment, Dooley took to Twitter to offer his thanks for highlighting the apparent oversight.
Delighted @TheSundayGame highlighted what happened today! I don't mind being hit, but, Ref said "I didn't see it" ... Look where he was!— Shane Dooley (@shanedoole) June 19, 2016