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Colm Parkinson: Sunday Game panel were right to cut Philly McMahon a break

Colm Parkinson

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

There needs to be consistency with the treatment of disciplinary issues and that doesn’t seem to be happening
There needs to be consistency with the treatment of disciplinary issues and that doesn’t seem to be happening

The Sunday Game comes in for a lot of criticism but on Sunday night it was undeserved. I thought the three lads dealt with the Philly McMahon incident in the right way. They all agreed he had a case to answer and could face suspension.

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What did people want, a public lynching with Philly being called all sorts of names while watching from the Gibson Hotel with his family?

Unfortunately, 'The Sunday Game' has created this problem for themselves. Why can't they treat all incidents in the same manner as Sunday night?

Joe Brolly squealing that Seán Cavanagh is not a man might be entertaining to some but now that's what viewers seem to expect. Amateur players need to go to work the next day so highlighting the indiscretion without the drama is fair.

There needs to be consistency with the treatment of disciplinary issues and that doesn't seem to be happening.

The panel knew Philly was watching live from the Gibson Hotel so they probably cut him a break, and rightly so.

What they need to remember is that Tiernan McCann, along with the vast majority of inter-county players, watch 'The Sunday Game' with their families too.

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