Monday 11 December 2017

McCarthy faces anxious wait after Walsh clash

Gaelic Games​

Dublin's James McCarthy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Dublin's James McCarthy. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

James McCarthy is facing an anxious wait to see if the Central Competitions Control Committee will take action over the off-the-ball contact he made with Kerry's Donnchadh Walsh in Sunday's Allianz League final.

TV cameras show McCarthy making contact with Walsh in the midriff before the Kerry player goes down.

The pair had quite a fractious battle throughout, clashing in the goalmouth early on - which required Stephen Cluxton's peacekeeping intervention - before they were booked for a separate incident.

The CCCC have been quite vigilant in chasing down undetected incidents, with Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly forced to miss his side's final Division 1 game against Kerry because of an incident the previous week against Mayo.

If McCarthy does face a charge and is suspended, he would miss a Leinster quarter-final against Wexford or Carlow in June.

Diarmuid Connolly could also face suspension later this summer if he picks up a third black card, having picked up black cards against Monaghan and Kerry in successive weeks.

Meanwhile TG4 are celebrating record viewing figures for any programme since its inception. Some 642,000 people tuned in for Sunday's final, with an average audience of 354,000.

This makes it TG4's most watched programme ever to date. The previous best was the 2016 final featuring the same two teams on the day the GAA commemorated 1916.

Irish Independent

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