Tuesday 23 January 2018

Kieran Donaghy doesn't want any sanction for Philly McMahon after eye gouge

Philly McMahon makes contact with the eye area of Kieran Donaghy
Philly McMahon makes contact with the eye area of Kieran Donaghy

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy has played down an incident in the second half of yesterday's All-Ireland final where Dublin Philly McMahon appeared to be guilty of an eye gouge on him.

McMahon has faced widespread condemnation after he appeared to place his finger in Donaghy's eye with four minutes to go in the game with four-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry Mike Quirke labelling the incident a disgrace.

"Philly McMahon was excellent again today. But what he did to Donaghy was an absolute disgrace," he posted on his Twitter account.

Tomás Ó Sé suggested that McMahon could face retrospective action for the incident but Donaghy is not interested in seeing any sanction imposed.

"What happens on the field stays on the field and that's the way I've always played it," he told RTE Sport.

The Kerry full forward added: "An All-Ireland final is a one-off game and whatever happens I'd leave it at that. I wouldn't be carrying anything into next year."

Speaking to Marty Morrissey on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland programme, McMahon claimed he was simply challenging for possession.

"It was a slippy day, the ball was on the ground to be challenged," he said. "I went down to challenge the ball and he's a big lad, trying to get around Kieran Donaghy is hard.

"It's the heat of the battle. We'd like to say it's part of our culture is humility and the same with the Kerry lads , What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch We shook hands and that was the end of it.

"We’re grown men, we play a physical sport. At the end of the day, the result is what ends it, we shake hands and get on with it."

Watch the incident below:

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