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Sunday 31 August 2014

Pic: Waterford keeper Stephen O'Keeffe laughs off the massive bruise he suffered saving controversial penalty

Published 10/06/2014 | 10:26

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Cork and Waterford players tangle off the ball after Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash had a penalty saved by Waterford stopper Stephen O'Keeffe. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Cork and Waterford players tangle off the ball after Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash had a penalty saved by Waterford stopper Stephen O'Keeffe. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Waterford netminder Stephen O'Keeffe has seen the lighter side of his save from Anthony Nash's penalty which has ignited debate in hurling circles.

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Stephen O'Keeffe's charge and block on Anthony Nash's penalty in Sunday's Munster quarter-final replay has heightened safety fears about penalties.

But no rule change can be addressed until Congress next year and until then referees are prepared to allow O'Keeffe-style charges off the line to block down penalty takers like Nash, who can advance so far because of the elevation they engineer with their lift.

Referees seem satisfied that a striking action begins with the lift when initial contact is made and therefore players are free to advance at that point.

That's why Sunday's referee Johnny Ryan did not order a retake of the Nash penalty, which O'Keeffe blocked, having got within a metre of his opposite number.

But the GAA issued a statement last night stating that the Management Committee will recommend to Central Council an interpretation of the rules before the weekend "in respect of the taking of penalty pucks and free pucks from the 20-metre line".

O'Keeffe tweeted an image of Ron Burgundy of Anchorman fame captioned "I immediately regret this decision" with the message: "Me on the 13 yard line yesterday... "

An image of his heavily bruised leg has also emerged (see below):

 

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