Thursday 12 December 2019

Clare could appeal Collins' 'harsh' red card

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald is considering appealing against the red card shown to Podge Collins in Saturday's draw with Wexford. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald is considering appealing against the red card shown to Podge Collins in Saturday's draw with Wexford. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald hasn't ruled out appealing the red card given to Podge Collins in Saturday's qualifier draw with Wexford.

As it stands, the Cratloe attacker will miss this weekend's replay in Wexford through suspension after pulling on David Redmond's faceguard, but Fitzgerald doesn't think the offence should carry the punishment of a red card.

"We'll have to look at it again and see," Fitzgerald said when asked if he'd look to appeal the card. "It's very harsh on a lad. He was absolutely distraught and I don't think that's right.

"You punish the whole team, he caught the faceguard, and some fellas up in Croke Park think that's serious. To me, if you are sent off, you should be sent off if you are going to hurt an opponent.

"That is my honest feeling on how it should be. The referee Cathal McAllister said he had no choice."

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