Monday 18 December 2017

'I don't think there was any agenda' - Brendan Cummins defends Sunday Game coverage of Adrian Tuohy incident

Adrian Tuohy (inset) could be in trouble over an incident with Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher
Adrian Tuohy (inset) could be in trouble over an incident with Patrick 'Bonnar' Maher Newsdesk Newsdesk

Brendan Cummins has defended The Sunday Game for analysing Galway defender Adrian Tuohy's clash with Patrick 'Bonner' Maher that saw the Tipperary forward's helmet pulled off.

No action was taken by the officials in the opening stages of the Tribesmen's dramatic All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Premier County, but Tuohy now faces an anxious wait to see if the CCCC find the incident worthy of examining ahead of the upcoming final.

The Sunday Game Panel of Cummins, Ger Loughnane and Jackie Tyrrell all felt that a suspension for the Galway defender would be harsh, but the Tipperary legend defended the decision to talk about the incident on air, despite the officials opting not to deal with it.

"If you are from Waterford and you are looking at this game and saying to yourself, 'well, everyone highlighted Tadhg de Burca's incident'," Cummins said on The Throw-In,'s GAA podcast.

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"Well now the same type of incident happened where there was interference with the helmet. I don't think there was any agenda, certainly from myself, Ger Loughnane or Jackie Tyrrell on the show that night - 'show something there that went wrong so we can get a fella suspended'. I think it was only in the midst of fair play that it had come out. During the game itself it had been highlighted, 'Bonner' Maher was jumping up and down about it. We felt it was part of what happened in the game.

"We tried as hurling people to make sure that we did include Tadhg de Burca, to say that I don't think it's fair for Tadhg de Burca to miss out on an All-Ireland semi-final and I don't think it's fair if Adrian Tuohy misses out on an All-Ireland final."

Cummins added that he thinks it's better for pundits to analyse an incident rather than for players to be solely tried on social media.

"If you don't deal with these things it will pop up on social media," he said.

"And they'll say 'it was never dealt with' and then you have every amateur in the country throwing him over the coals. I think the other night what we tried to do was highlight it and give a hurling person's perspective on it and hopefully everybody moves on and the chap doesn't get suspended."


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