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WATCH - Footage shows Dublin sub Cormac Costello throwing away David Clarke's kicking tees in dying minutes Newsdesk Newsdesk

Dublin substitute Cormac Costello is being criticised on social media for throwing away David Clarke's kicking tees during the closing minutes of last Sunday's All-Ireland final.

Costello was introduced in the 74th minute for Paul Mannion, just before Dean Rock hit the match-winning point.

Footage, which first appeared on the Irish Examiner, from the Davin Stand clearly shows the Whitehall Colmcille throwing away a kicking tee that Clarke had left on the 14-yard line before proceeding to fling away two further tees at either goalpost before the Mayo man's final restart.

While it could be argued that the kicking tee is not allowed on the field during open play, Costello was not entitled to throw away the tees at the goalposts.

Clarke would end up kicking the ball out over the line from resulting kick-out and Dublin retained possession until Joe McQuillan blew the final whistle.

Despite being on for just a matter of minutes, Costello was booked for hanging out of Brendan Harrision while Ciarán Kilkenny was black-carded for preventing Lee Keegan from showing for Clarke's kick-out.

Keegan himself has been criticised for cynical play for throwing his GPS tracker at Dean Rock while he took the winning free.

Dublin legend Charlie Redmond described it as a new low.

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“What would have happened if it was a Dublin player who threw it at Cillian O’Connor?” he said. “Can you imagine the reaction in the media and GAA circles if it was Diarmuid Connolly?”

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