Sunday 18 March 2018

Eugene McGee: Galvin more sinned against than sinner

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The extent to which punishment fits the crime is always controversial these days and it also applies to justice as dished out by the GAA. The case of Paul Galvin is a good example because there is a strongly held view that the suspension of eight weeks imposed on him recently is more related to his recent history in the Kerry jersey than the actual events which brought about his suspension.

In a league game with Cork last month, Galvin and Cork defender Eoin Cadogan were involved in a tussle ending on the ground. The referee issued both with red cards, which normally earns a month's suspension. But where the complications start is that Galvin's suspension was doubled because he had been suspended within the previous 12 months.

Galvin was a national news item in the media throughout the summer of 2008 in relation to the incident in which he batted away the notebook of referee Paddy Russell. He was eventually suspended for that, but the controversy and memory lingered on.

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