Monday 20 November 2017

I always knew O'Carroll had done nothing wrong – Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Dublin manager Jim Gavin
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN manager Jim Gavin had no fear that full-back Rory O'Carroll might be hit with a ban after an incident with Colm Cooper in last weekend's All-Ireland semi-final.

A photo emerged that appeared to show O'Carroll gouging Cooper in the eye when the Kerry forward was on the ground.

But Gavin confirmed yesterday that Croke Park have not taken issue with the incident and insisted that he was always confident it was completely accidental.

"A single frame just takes one snapshot in time and you would need to have a look at the totality of the film to make up your opinion on it," Gavin said.

"It (the picture) was brought to my attention and I spoke to the player involved and he said it was just a tussle going for the ball.

"I spoke to a few players and that's what they saw.

"There are a lot of photographs you would see on-line that would make you say 'oh, what happened there?'

"But they are just snapshots where people are taken off-guard or in usual circumstances," added Gavin, who is particularly strict about discipline.

"I would be loath to think that anyone would say this Dublin team is cynical, I would take a step back if that was the case," added Gavin.

"If there is any back-chat to the referee we expect him to bring the ball up because I certainly wouldn't tolerate it and they (the players) know that as well. A county jersey comes with responsibility."

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