Saturday 24 March 2018

Gavin wants consistency from officials as Macauley sees red

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has called for greater consistency in the application of rules after Michael Darragh Macauley's red card in Killarney yesterday.

Macauley was sent off after an apparent altercation with Kerry's Kieran Donaghy, who only returned from honeymoon on Friday. Donaghy only got a yellow card after referee David Coldrick was alerted to the incident by his umpires.

Gavin revealed that he spoke to Macauley as he made his way off the field and that he had "a facial wound", suggesting that his strike was a "reaction".

"He has got a facial wound, shall we say. He reacted, which isn't the right thing to do as I said before," said Gavin. "I said before, it happened in a previous game, that there has to be consistency here. I certainly don't tolerate players lifting their (hand) or attempting to strike.

"If you attempt to strike, the rule-book says you go off so that is the rule. You can't give yellow cards for strikes, the rule says it's a red."

Macauley will miss Dublin's next match while Diarmuid Connolly may also be out after damage to his ankle that forced him off in the first half.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (left) expressed "disappointment" with the performance that leaves Kerry rooted to the bottom of Division 1. "We're not going to be panicking. The lads have been training hard, we have had six games in six weeks with a fairly threadbare panel which is probably too much."

Irish Independent

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