Friday 19 January 2018

'Is Jim Gavin indulging Diarmuid Connolly too much? Is he being read the Riot Act?'

Diarmuid Connolly and manager Jim Gavin
Diarmuid Connolly and manager Jim Gavin

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Dublin forward Diarmuid Connolly has been the subject of widespread media coverage this week after he was handed a 12-week ban by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee on Tuesday for making minor physical contact with a linesman during Dublin's Leinster quarter-final win over Carlow last Saturday.

Connolly angrily confronted linesman Ciaran Branagan during Dublin's 12-point win, making contact with the official's shoulder, and the reaction to the incident provided to be very divisive among GAA fans.

Sunday Game pundits Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke both said that a ban was warranted following the incident, while All-Star forwards Mattie Forde and Alan Brogan both said that a 12-week ban would be very harsh on Connolly.

The Independent.ie's championship GAA podcast, The Throw In,  dissected the incident with host Will Slattery and panelist Rory O'Connor raising the question if Dublin manager Jim Gavin has indulged Connolly too much with his behaviour?

With last weekend's episode with Carlow the latest in a long line of brushes the St Vincents forward has had with the GAA's disciplinary bodies.

"The issue with Connolly has been ongoing, but what I can't seem to understand is how Jim Gavin has let this thing fester over four, five, six years," said Slattery.

"Gavin gets a lot of praise, and rightly so, for the way he's gone about his business with Dublin but you just wonder is he indulging him too much?

"Is he being read the Riot Act after incidents like these? Is someone from the management team pulling him aside? Is someone from the leadership group there to really take him to task?

"Because this happens again and again and again - black card after black card after black card - punch up after punch up - incident after incident - all the top players are targeted but this guy just can't seem to keep it under wraps."

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