Sunday 19 November 2017

Lack of video evidence may force Dubs to accept Brogan red-card ban

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Alan Brogan's hopes of being cleared to play in Dublin's Allianz Football League final against Cork next week looked to be diminishing last night as the search for a video clip of the incident that led to his red card threw up no new evidence.

Brogan was sent off early in Dublin's draw in Pearse Stadium when a linesman consulted with referee Pat Fox to alert him to an incident with Galway defender Johnny Duane.

The linesman in question, Vincent Neary from Mayo, informed Fox of an alleged attempt to strike, which will lead to a four-week suspension for Brogan.

Dublin contend that Brogan was merely pushing his opponent away after a collision.

There were no TV cameras at the game for the first time in Dublin's campaign and the irony was not lost on Dublin officials last night, as they lost Eoghan O'Gara in late February to a retrospective two-month ban for attempted use of the head.

Dublin's own cameras are understood not to have picked up the Brogan incident, and that leaves the player with a difficult task to have the ban overturned.

Dublin's management committee meets tonight and county chairman Andy Kettle says the board will support the player if he opts for a hearing.

"It's ironic that this is the first game Dublin have played at which there weren't cameras. Yet there were plenty of cameras on the night that Eoghan O'Gara picked up his suspension. I think it highlights the imbalance of the present system.

"There should be cameras at every game or else they shouldn't be used at all. There has to be equality in the way discipline is dealt with and for Alan Brogan there is no equality there."

Kettle says he had a good view of the incident and is adamant there was little more than a push. But he acknowledges that verbal evidence will carry little weight against a linesman's opinion.

Irish Independent

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