Friday 24 May 2019

Dubs selector Kennedy faces lengthy ban over bizarre incident at Nowlan Park

Disruptive conduct charge on the cards for former Galway hurler after 'bizarre' Nowlan Park incident

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views
Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views
Greg Kennedy. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin hurling selector Greg Kennedy is facing a lengthy ban over the incident in Saturday's Leinster SHC clash that saw him involve himself in the play by catching a Kilkenny free during a spell out on the pitch.

The incident, which is being examined by the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee, enraged Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and was generally considered to have provoked a reaction from the home side as Kennedy ran back to 'mark' Billy Ryan and then intercept a short free which TJ Reid was trying to find his colleague with.

Kennedy, a former Galway defender who played against Kilkenny in his county's 2001 All-Ireland semi-final win, was spoken to by referee Cathal McAlister who waved him off the field but he was able to continue with his duties as 'maor foirne' in the Nowlan Park clash.

McAllister was speaking to a Dublin player and had his back turned at the time but just because he spoke to the Dublin official it's not thought likely that that will prevent CCCC from acting.

A charge of disruptive conduct by an official is the most likely avenue for the disciplinary body and with no minimum suspension specified it will be at their discretion to determine how long it will be.

Cody described the incident as "bizarre" and said it was something he had never seen before on a hurling field.

Dublin manager Mattie Kenny described Kennedy as a "top-class sports guy" and said it wasn't a deliberate act.

"He's very competitive but one thing about him, he wouldn't do anything like that deliberately and he assured me it was just a reaction when the ball came over his head."

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Dublin must pick up the pieces from the defeat with a second round game against Wexford on Sunday, while Kilkenny make the short trip to Carlow.

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