Sunday 16 June 2019

O'Sullivan criticises former stars' support of Galvin

Paul Galvin would relish the chance to banish the memories of
Fitzgerald Stadium in June by playing a part in Kerry's bid to
retain the Sam Maguire
Paul Galvin would relish the chance to banish the memories of Fitzgerald Stadium in June by playing a part in Kerry's bid to retain the Sam Maguire

Cliona Foley

THE former Kerry stars who rallied to defend Paul Galvin last summer have been rapped on the knuckles by outgoing County Secretary Eamonn O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan does not name names but, in his report for Kerry's convention next Monday night says: "During the summer everyone seemed to be a spokesman for Paul or for the board, when a small bit of restraint may have been more appropriate."

O'Sullivan stresses that the only "official" statements from Kerry County Board on the matter were issued on June 17 and after the DRA decision.

"What happened on June 15 in Killarney should not have happened -- that was never the issue," O'Sullivan says.

He stresses the board only fought Galvin's case because they thought his original suspension -- later halved on appeal -- far too harsh.

And he alleges that "a careful read" of same (the DRA judgement) will confirm that procedures and decisions in relation to Paul Galvin -- based on the referee's report -- were less than fair to the player."

"While nothing justifies Paul's actions in that game v Clare, it is only fair to point out that on a number of occasions during the game the two linesmen and the fourth official were made aware what was going on."

He says referee Paddy Russell was "fair and accurate" in his match report.

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