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Galvin puts his hands up and accepts punishment

KERRY's footballing fraternity have finally accepted en masse that Paul Galvin was right to be banned for his unsavoury altercation with Eoin Cadogan in Páirc Uí Chaoimh earlier this month.

Last season's footballer of the year, Galvin was retrospectively recommended for a four-week ban by referee Pat McEnaney after video footage clearly showed his index finger inside the mouth of Rebel dual player, Cadogan, during their Munster semi-final replay on June 13th.

As Galvin had been cited for a similar offence within the last 48 weeks, the ban was doubled which leaves him out of Sunday's Munster final and a probable All-Ireland quarter-final should Kerry beat Limerick this weekend in Killarney.


Speaking this morning on TV3's Ireland AM for Motiv8 Academy with Armagh Selector Justin McNulty, Galvin admitted he "couldn't condone what I did".

Asked whether it was hard not appealing the ban, Galvin responded: "It wasn't hard at all really. What I did, you couldn't condone it.

"I was wrong to do what I did so I felt it best to take it on the chin. It will be difficult (to miss Sunday's Munster SFC final). But you know if you do the crime you've got to do the time.

"There probably was a lack of balance in the way everything was portrayed, but no that's not an issue for me really. I can only be responsible for myself, I was wrong to do what I did."

And last night Kerry manager Jack O'Connor agreed that an appeal would not have been beneficial for either the team or the player.

"I don't think it did us any favours the last time," O'Connor said. "A couple of years ago, it dragged on. This time we want to try and move on. It's history now and we have to drive on."