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Moran: It's hard on Tadhg


Tadhg de Búrca of Waterford. Pic: Sportsfile

Tadhg de Búrca of Waterford. Pic: Sportsfile

Tadhg de Búrca of Waterford. Pic: Sportsfile

Tadhg De Búrca will join a wholly unwanted yet illustrious list of hurlers to be suspended for an All-Ireland semi-final if his one-match ban for the red card he was issued last Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is not successfully challenged.

Tony Keady, John Mullane and Colin Lynch all missed out on their respective team's first summer appearance in Croke Park after high-profile sendings off, although Waterford team-mate Kevin Moran remains hopeful of a reprieve.

Live TV footage of De Búrca appearing to pull at the faceguard of Harry Kehoe last Sunday is inconclusive at best but Moran feels more leniency is appropriate regardless.

"There were areas a few years ago when it was nearly embarrassing at stages, guys were getting sent off for just a touch and I suppose it became a little bit more lenient over the last season or two, and rightly so," Moran pointed out.

"Obviously if there's a serious intentional interference it can cause damage, but look it's a physical sport. It's very tough on him especially but I don't want to go into that too much.

"I think there are more dangerous things happening in a game."

"A flick off the faceguard or it catches your hand and it opens up, it's not as though someone's head is taken off.

"It might look worse but it's just the visor opening, and that's what happened."