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O'Mahony's ire with video role

MAYO boss John O'Mahony has joined the growing band of managers to criticise the GAA's latest crackdown on upgrading yellow cards to red on foot of video evidence.

O'Mahony has spoken out after it emerged that his in-form forward, Mark Ronaldson, could miss the next two rounds of the Allianz Football League after being cited last week by the Central Competitions Control Commitee for an incident that left Tyrone's Ryan McMenamin on the turf.


Ronaldson's hearing was due to take place last night, but a Mayo official today confirmed that it didn't take place because they had only received late notification, and they would be contacting Croke Park to seek an alternative date. He is facing a proposed four-week suspension.

"Obviously, that is sub-judice at the moment so I don't want to talk very much about it," O'Mahony told the Mayo News. "I think there's a whole lot of confusion out there, though."

He went on: "All of the managers were in Croke Park in January to talk about the mark and all the other things ... this (policy) was never mentioned. The GAA have come out and said, 'If you behave yourself, you're okay'. At that rate, we should just let five or six cameras into every match and forget about the referee.

"If there wasn't a change in policy, if this was the case all the time, why didn't they investigate the All-Ireland final incident when Tadhg Kennelly got involved? Where does it finish?

"If a county goes through a DVD of a match, and picks up something that one of the opposition has done to one of their players, can they send in that tape? Can that be investigated by the CCCC?

"I'm all for clean play, I wouldn't condone dirty play, but we needed to know where the goalposts were."

A four-week ban would see the Shrule/Glencorrib clubman miss Mayo's next two Division One outings - against Dublin and Derry - but he was allowed to line out for Mayo in the FBD League final against Galway last weekend as his hearing had not been held.