Sunday 25 February 2018

Sky says 'believe in better' - don't tell Connolly!

Diarmuid Connolly is facing a 12-week suspension. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly is facing a 12-week suspension. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

If he were in a mood to recognise irony, Diarmuid Connolly (right) would, no doubt, have spotted its abundant presence in Sky Sports' advertisements.

Sky certainly could not be accused of downplaying his red mist moment in the Dublin-Carlow game last Saturday week, which resulted in him facing a 12-week suspension.

Since neither referee Seán Hurson, nor linesman Ciarán Brannigan. who was at the centre of the incident, made anything of it at the time, it's safe to assume that TV footage played an important part in building the case against Connolly.

If the ban is upheld, he won't be eligible to play again until the end of August, by which stage Dublin might not even be in the All-Ireland race. Still, it hasn't stopped Sky from splashing his picture in their newspaper ads, currently running in conjunction with the championships.

Connolly is unlikely to be best pleased with Sky in the first place for the manner in which they covered the controversial incident and even less so now that his picture is being used to advertise their services.


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