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5 May 2013; Kilkenny's JJ Delaney, goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Brian Hogan, right, tussle with Lar Corbett, Tipperary, resulting in both Delaney and Corbett being sent off. Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

5 May 2013; Kilkenny's JJ Delaney, goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Brian Hogan, right, tussle with Lar Corbett, Tipperary, resulting in both Delaney and Corbett being sent off. Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

5 May 2013; Kilkenny's JJ Delaney, goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Brian Hogan, right, tussle with Lar Corbett, Tipperary, resulting in both Delaney and Corbett being sent off. Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

LAR CORBETT has confirmed that the rib injury he sustained during last Sunday's Allianz Hurling League final stemmed from the off-the-ball confrontation that resulted in red cards for both the Tipperary talisman and Kilkenny defender JJ Delaney.

The former Hurler of the Year was non-committal on the question of whether he will appeal the one-match suspension that's set to rule him out of Tipp's Munster SHC opener against Limerick - injury woes notwithstanding.

However, after a number of high-profile scrapes with Kilkenny defenders since his All-Ireland final hat-trick derailed the Cats' drive-for-five in 2010, Corbett has rejected the notion that he is being singled out for rough treatment.

"I don't think it would be fair to say that, no. No matter who you are playing, there are always going to be tough games," he said, speaking at a Croke Park press conference publicising Liberty Insurance's arrival on the GAA sponsorship stage, replacing Guinness as one of the three backers of the All-Ireland SHC.

Corbett confirmed that he definitely has one fractured rib - "it could be two" - arising from Sunday's latest Kilkenny/Tipp collision at Nowlan Park.

The medics have said he will be sidelined for four to six weeks - the latter timeframe would take him beyond Tipperary's June 9 trip to Limerick, even in the event of a successful date with the Central Hearings Committee.

"It just happened at their end, during the confrontation in the game," Corbett revealed. Asked if he got a belt, he replied: "I actually don't know. When I was on the ground, after that was over then, the ribs were just sore."

The Tipp veteran declined to elaborate on his version of events, as to why he and Delaney ended up tangling on the ground.

"I missed it myself!" he quipped, when one reporter suggested they had all missed the start of the incident as they were following the ball.

As for whether an appeal is imminent, Corbett insisted: "It's going to be up to the Tipperary county board first of all, and I suppose what Eamon O'Shea and the management really want to do then. Whatever their decisions are, my job - if I am picked to play, whenever that it next - is to perform. Whatever happens off the field, they look after all that."

Asked whether he felt hard done by, he admitted you "don't ever want a red card". He has been dismissed previously for his club, Thurles Sarsfields, but this was his first sending-off for the Premier County.

Given his recent troubled history with Kilkenny - which included the headline-grabbing fallout to last year's All-Ireland semi-final - Corbett was in cagey form as he batted away a question on whether Delaney was the aggressor.

"I didn't get a chance to look back on it, so I'm not too sure exactly. People are saying that about it, but we just want to forget about what happened - we just want to concentrate really on Tipperary-Limerick in five weeks' time. I know that's not what ye are asking me, but that's what we have to try and do."

The 32-year-old appears to have become a lightning rod for local criticism when things go awry on the field. Last year's semi-final, when his tactic of attempting to man-mark Tommy Walsh backfired disastrously on Tipp, was the most notable example ... but he also attracted flak when Thurles Sarsfields suffered a shock All-Ireland club semi-final defeat to Kilcormac-Killoughey last February.

Corbett had flown out to New York beforehand, as part of a GPA delegation to rebuild Breezy Point after the shocking damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"People thought that I was in America, came back, jumped off the plane in a parachute and landed inside in Portloaise. I was back the week before. I was back a full week ... so you could have been to Australia and back and, if you won the match, there's no problem," he mused.

The only long-legged rumour that he wished had materialised involved his alleged Lotto win. "That would've been great. Of all of them, that was the one I wanted!" he laughed.


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