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Huge controversy at Nowlan Park after Dublin selector Greg Kennedy denies Kilkenny a clear goal chance

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Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dublin selector Greg Kennedy and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody exchange views during Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Kilkenny and Dublin at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The first big controversy of the GAA summer occured at Nowlan Park this evening.

Dublin led Kilkenny by 1-13 to 0-12 after the first half but the first 35 minutes was overshadowed by an incident involving Gerg Kennedy, a member of the Mattie Kenny's backroom team.

The former Galway star caught an attempted short free from TJ Reid to a teammate and threw it back to him. The catch prevented a goalscoring opportunity.

Kennedy was ushered from the field by referee Cathal McAllister but was not issued with a red card to the fury of the Kilkenny faithful and Brian Cody, who confronted Kennedy after he returned to the sideline.

The Cats were much stronger in the second period and they prevailed with five points to spare.

"I know Greg used to play corner-back but he brought it to a new level tonight," Cody told Sky Sports after the game.


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