Sunday 18 August 2019

Video: 'All-Ireland Final Day' reveals what Kieran Donaghy said to ref after eye gouge

Philly McMahon and Kieran Donaghy
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Kerry captain attempted to bring an eye gouge, perpetrated on him by Dublin's Philly McMahon, to the attention of All-Ireland final referee David Coldrick in the ill-tempered decider.

McMahon was charged by the Central Competition Controls Committee with a Category Three offence that covers behaviour deemed to be dangerous to an opponent.

He will miss the opening league match against Kerry in late January after accepting a one-match ban.

'All-Ireland Final Day' aired on RTE One last night and the exchange between Donaghy and Coldrick was picked up on the referee's microphone.

Donaghy immediately approached the Meath official and said: "He (McMahon) gouged my eye on the ground, Dave."

But Coldrick hadn't seen the incident, which was later picked up via video, and simply threw up the ball.

"I didn’t see that now, Kieran... That was just two lads competing, that’s all...  Lads, lads. It’s okay. It’s alright. It’s alright, Philly," the ref responded.

Watch below:

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A conversation between Coldrick and McMahon was also aired as the corner-back was booked for persistent fouling.

Philly McMahon: "It’s always the back, It’s always the back."

David Coldrick: "Why are you giving them an opportunity?."

McMahon: "Donaghy is hitting me when I am trying to make a block. David, I swear to God I didn’t do anything. I didn’t do anything.

Coldrick: "You’re holding him the whole time.

McMahon: "I’m not holding him! F**k sake!."

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