Galway's Adrian Tuohy gets green light for All Ireland final as he is cleared on Bonner helmet incident
Galway corner-back Adrian Tuohy will face no sanction arising from the incident in last Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final during which Tipperary's 'Bonner' Maher had his helmet pulled off.
It will come as a huge relief to Galway as a ban would have ruled him out of the All-Ireland final on September 3.
It's understood that after studying TV recordings in detail, the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) felt that the Beagh clubman had no case to answer.
The decision will cause dismay in Waterford, where Tadhg de Búrca is continuing his attempt to escape the one-match ban which, unless rescinded, will keep him out of Sunday's semi-. He was sent off for interfering with Harry Kehoe's helmet during the quarter-final with Wexford.
De Búrca failed to convince either the Hearings or Appeals' Committee of his innocence and is taking the case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), who will meet in the next day or two.
He was sent off by referee Fergal Horgan, whose attention to the clash was drawn by a linesman.
Tuohy wasn't sanctioned by referee Barry Kelly last Sunday but the incident was covered on the 'Sunday Game', raising the possibility of a suspension for the player. However, since Kelly had taken no action, the situation facing the CCCC was different to the De Búrca case.
It's understood that CCCC felt that while Tuohy had pulled Maher's helmet, it would be impossible to prove deliberate intent.
The rule states that it's an offence to behave 'in any way which is dangerous to an opponent, including deliberately pulling on or taking hold of any part of an opponent's helmet'.
Waterford are arguing that there was nothing deliberate in De Búrca's action as he tried to race past Kehoe, who was blocking his run close to the sideline. However, unlike the Tuohy-Maher incident, the officials ruled that De Búrca had acted intentionally, a charge he has been unable to escape. Tuohy had his back to Maher when he made contact which, combined with the doubt over whether he had acted deliberately, persuaded the CCCC to take no action.
Meanwhile, Semple Stadium will host the All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-finals on Sunday week with Kilkenny playing Derry at 4.0, followed by Galway v Limerick at 6.0.
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