Saturday 16 December 2017

Galvin back in spotlight as referee rules out any action

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Paul Galvin just can't seem to escape controversy, but the Kerry star is set to escape censure for an incident with match referee Rory Hickey during Sunday's defeat to Dublin.

Galvin's reaction to Hickey's decision to throw up a ball, after he appeared to have won a legitimate free, was to motion his arm close to the official, apparently in an attempt to either retrieve the ball or catch the official's attention.

TV footage of the incident shows Galvin winning a free after taking a short pass from Killian Young. Kerry were trailing by four points and there was a sense of urgency about their play, particularly from Galvin who had been their best player.


The Finuge clubman was initially fouled by Dublin's James McCarthy and as he attempted to despatch the free quickly, McCarthy and Ross McConnell were both in his way.

At that point, Galvin attempted to push them aside and that may have been Hickey's basis for throwing the ball in. When Hickey took possession of the ball and turned his back, Galvin's arm reached out and appeared to brush close to the official's back.

Hickey instantly turned around and Galvin chose not to remonstrate further before the ball was thrown in and play continued.

Hickey will not be mentioning the incident in his report and even if he's asked about it by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), the expectation is that the matter won't go any further.

Two years ago Galvin was banned for six months (reduced to three on appeal) when he knocked referee Paddy Russell's notebook out of his hand in Kerry's opening game of the 2008 championship.

Meanwhile, Kerry will find out later this week if Declan O'Sullivan, who suffered a dead leg against Dublin, will be fit for Saturday's league match against Cork.

Irish Independent

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