'His arm hits me in the face' - Philly McMahon refutes Sunday Game 'dive' and 'headbutt' claims
Dublin corner-back Philly McMahon has refuted claims made on The Sunday Game that he dived in an incident with Aidan O'Shea and that he later headbutted the same player in the drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo.
There was a clamour from a lot of quarters calling on the Ballymun Kickhams star to be hit with a ban for his actions but no proceedings were brought against him after the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee opted not to charge him.
Kevin McStay was highly critical of McMahon for the incident and proposed that retrospective action could be taken.
“Not only did he (McMahon) feign injury, he took a dive, and followed it up pretty quickly with some pulling and dragging,” said McStay.
“It might be difficult to prove, this headbutt, in a few days time but he certainly moves his head towards Aidan O’Shea.
“That’s a category 4 infraction, attempted strike with the head.
“I don’t like saying that about Philly but there were times today when he was a little bit out of control, his self discipline was lost.”
Ciaran Whelan agreed with McStay's view: “He took a dive and he held his head. We’ve seen it a couple of weeks ago, it’s not acceptable. He certainly won’t be happy when he reflects on those incidents.”
Speaking to 98fm at Dublin's media event ahead of the All-Ireland final with Kerry, McMahon denied the claims.
"You just have to look at the footage and you can see that his arm hits me in the face," he said.
"Whether it was accidental or not I definitely didn't feign injury.
"I suppose it was a bit disappointing because I didn't do it."
McMahon was adamant that the headbutt never occurred even though Aidan O'Shea told reporters after the game that it had happened.
"It's one of those things, I didn't see it until a lot of people came to me said, 'Did you see it? you were blamed for headbutting somebody' and I didn't believe it," he added
"The camera view actually looked like I did do it but I didn't and you look at the opposite side from teh Cusack and you see him (Aidan O'Shea) pulling the jersey towards him.
"I was glad that nothing came of it. It was something that I didn't let it get to me because if I did I probably would have had a poor game in the second game."
McMahon went on to score 1-2 in the replay and play a pivotal role in Dublin's victory.