Monday 18 November 2019

Kerry to fight for O Se

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kerry could take the unprecedented measure of seeking a meeting with the GAA's disciplinary chiefs after Marc O Se's hearing is concluded tomorrow night.

O Se has sought a personal hearing to make his case against a proposed four-week ban -- imposed following an altercation with Dublin's Eoghan O'Gara -- and will go before the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) tomorrow night at Croke Park.

O'Gara has also sought a personal hearing against his proposed eight-week ban and will also be heard by the committee on the same night.

But officers of Kerry County Board were understood to have met last night to consider seeking a meeting with the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) as anger grows over the perceived imbalance of some of the body's decisions.

Kerry officials are preparing to defend O Se on the basis that he reacted to an action, but they are also angered that their player faces a possible sanction after a couple of other high-profile incidents in the previous week's game escaped censure. They believe themselves and Dublin are owed an explanation by the CCCC or other relevant authorities as to why these other incidents did not bring similar charges.

Cork's Pearse O'Neill was free to play against Monaghan in the last round despite being involved in an incident against Dublin where he swung back with his arm at O'Gara and then appeared to draw a kick at the Dublin player on the ground.

Tyrone's Ryan McMenamin was also involved in an incident with Donegal's Paddy McGrath which invited no retrospective punishment.

The CCCC never officially reveal if they have asked referees to review incidents.

O'Gara and O Se have been charged after the CCCC reviewed the incident that took place between the pair at the end of a thrilling NFL match at Croke Park between Dublin and Kerry.

Twice last year, retrospective charges were laid at Kerry players after championship matches. Paul Galvin picked up a two-month ban for 'fish-hooking' Eoin Cadogan in the replayed Munster semi-final against Cork.

Tomas O Se was later retrospectively banned for a month after the CCCC reviewed incidents in the Munster final against Limerick and asked referee Pat Fox for an opinion. O Se and Galvin both missed the All-Ireland quarter-final against Down that spiked the Kingdom's season. Both suspensions were accepted by the players in question and in Galvin's case he accepted that he had been wrong.

But what irked Kerry all summer was a view that they were being singled out for review while some players from other counties were escaping punishment.

The cumulative effect of all this is that Kerry are now considering seeking a meeting with the CCCC to get some clarity on how they operate.

Irish Independent

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