Sunday 22 July 2018

'It was a total accident' - Waterford's Austin Gleeson on helmet incident

Waterford's Austin Gleeson. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Waterford's Austin Gleeson. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Waterford's Austin Glesson has spoken for the first time on the controversial helmet incident against Cork in the All Ireland semi-final.

Gleeson appeared to grab the face guard of Cork star Luke Meade but was cleared of any wrong-doing when referee James Owens told the CCCC that he was happy with how he dealt with the incident during the game.

And once Owens confirmed that he was it effectively shut down the case.

Speaking on 2FM's Game On this evening, Gleeson said: "It was a total accident, I suppose. We don't really want to dwell on it but it was a total accident.

"When it happened I didn't really realise what was after happening. I just took it as it came. And thankfully, in the end, I got out of it.

"There was nothing said at all afterwards. We were too busy celebrating getting into an All-Ireland final. We were just happy and ecstatic in the dressing room. 

I'm just happy that I'm able to play on the 3rd of September in the All-Ireland final. That's the main thing for me."


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