Wednesday 21 August 2019

Galway and Dublin hurlers escape sanctions following Fenway brawl

Andy Smith: Sin binned
Andy Smith: Sin binned

Conor McKeon

No player will face sanction arising from Galway and Dublin’s ‘Super 11’ hurling match played in Boston on Sunday.

A large number of players from both teams were involved in a row during the second quarter of the exhibition match played in the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park. Referee Alan Kelly stopped the match and referred to a television match official, the footage of which was broadcast live in the stadium.

Eventually, he showed yellow cards to Galway pair Iarla Tannian and Andy Smith, as well as Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley, who suffered a knee injury prior to the melee.

Technically, as the match is officially sanctioned by Croke Park, the GAA are within their powers to issue disciplinary sanctions.

However, as Kelly gave out yellow cards, there is no longer provision for the Central Competition Control Committee to take retrospective action.

Under Super 11s rules, yellow-carded players are required to spend two minutes in a sin bin.

GPA spokesman Seán Potts said: “It was dealt with in context, three players were sin-binned and I would expect that to be the end of it.”

Galway won a tight game by three points and the local reaction in Boston to the match – which was broadcast on local television network NESN – was overwhelmingly positive in yesterday’s news and sports reports.

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The Boston Red Sox have already confirmed their interest in staging another hurling match at some stage in the future.

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