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Tuesday 20 February 2018

What was said by the Sunday Game panel

Des Cahill: "Paul Galvin was hugely influential in the match, but he was involved in an incident that was picked up by the cameras."

Anthony Tohill (pictured below): "I have total respect for Paul Galvin as a footballer, but why he keeps getting involved in this sort of thing is beyond me and probably beyond a lot of people in the Kerry camp. What he does here is totally unacceptable and has no place on a football pitch. There are certain things, taboos that you don't do, and this is one thing you do not do to another player on a football pitch. You see it there in replay, he sticks his finger in Eoin Cadogan's mouth and pulls downwards... that's totally unacceptable."

Colm O'Rourke: "It's unfortunate that Galvin gets involved in this because he's such a brilliant player; he lifts Kerry and he lifted them again today when he came on. Often times when teams play each other a lot, it goes one way (or the other), there's great malice in the game towards each other or there's total respect. It's obvious in Cork and Kerry that a lot of the players don't seem to like each other very much. Cadogan and Galvin have clashed before. It's just a pity that such a great game can't go (ahead) without something like this."

Cahill: "Was it a red card offence?"

O'Rourke: "Well, it's obvious that Pat McEnaney didn't see it. I think if he had seen it, he would probably have used the red card."

Tomas O Flaharta: "I think Galvin is the subject of a lot of debate in most of the games where he comes on. I felt today that only for that incident, he would be in line for man-of-the-match because he made a huge difference. Right through the game he was in for breaking balls and played ball into the full-forward line as well. He plays very close to the line all of the time; everyone is on the look-out for him; I suppose he's one of those guys that plays like that all of the time. We could do without it to be honest."

O'Rourke: "The only thing I don't like about this programme is often times there's a reaction from the disciplinary bodies to things that we might say on the television about different players. They should make up their own minds on things. It shouldn't have to be pointed out to them on 'The Sunday Game' whether or not a player was guilty of foul play or not. The point I'm making is that we may highlight something and the next thing tomorrow there's a meeting about it and someone like Galvin... I wouldn't like to see Galvin suspended... as far as I'm concerned the referee deals with these things on the day and that's it."

Cahill: "But if he didn't see it? The follow through from what you're saying is that if the ref doesn't see something, it's okay."

O'Rourke: "That's not the case either, but the referee was within three or four yards of that incident and he obviously saw what was going on. He didn't deem it worthy of a red card, so as far as I'm concerned, I'd allow the referees (to make the decision) on the day -- unless there's something totally that was behind their backs, that's a different matter altogether."

Cahill: "We don't know that the referee saw it."

Tohill: "You'd like to be in a situation where things are handled by the referee on the pitch and they're left at that. I think the GAA is trying to move in that direction.

Unfortunately, there are things that happen that can't go unnoticed... they should be commented on... that was a totally unacceptable thing to do on the pitch today.

I love watching Paul Galvin play football. I love his aggression, the way he can win the ball and drive his team on but things like that, there's just no place for that in the game."

Irish Independent

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