Wednesday 21 February 2018

Philly McMahon on foul play accusations: 'I don't give a shi** - there was definitely no intention'

Gaelic Games

Dublin duo Philly McMahon (right) and Rory O'Carroll in action against Kieran Donaghy DAVID MAHER/SPORTSFILE
Dublin duo Philly McMahon (right) and Rory O'Carroll in action against Kieran Donaghy DAVID MAHER/SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon admitted yesterday he "didn't give a s***" what accusations were levelled against him once he had another All-Ireland medal.

TV cameras showed the Dublin defender's hand come into contact with Kerry forward Kieran Donaghy's face for a sustained period near the end of Sunday's final.

But McMahon has rejected any allegation of eye-gouging and was adamant yesterday that there was no intent in what he did.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee may yet take a different view however. With no urgency to review the matter, they may take time before investigating it but McMahon's actions had drawn more criticism down on top of him.

If a charge were laid against him and stuck it would not amount to more than a league match, possibly two, next February.

Donaghy, however, admitted that he wasn't keen to pursue the matter any further.

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

McMahon did accept that the incident looked bad on TV but added that the fall-out didn't matter to him in the context of a third All-Ireland medal.

"If I get all these accusations against me and I win an All-Ireland, I don't give a s***," he said. "But there was definitely no intention in what I did there."

It is expected that McMahon's colleagues, Denis Bastick and Alan Brogan, will call time on their careers after Sunday's third All-Ireland title triumph in five years.

Dublin's celebrations continued as the Disputes Resolution Authority released their verdict behind the setting aside of Diarmuid Connolly's one-match ban for the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo.

For only the second time since the inception of the DRA, a majority-only verdict was delivered with the sole dissenting voice, solicitor Brian Rennick, describing the decision of his two colleagues as "fundamentally wrong".

Meanwhile, Kerry county chairman Patrick O'Sullivan last night confirmed that manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be remaining in charge of the team next season, despite his three-year term coming to an end after Sunday's defeat.

Irish Independent

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