Thursday 19 September 2019

'It's not Irish dancing' - Kilkenny's Richie Hogan defends red card tackle in All-Ireland Final


Cathal Barrett of Tipperary is tackled by Richie Hogan of Kilkenny, resulting in a red card for Hogan in last Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cathal Barrett of Tipperary is tackled by Richie Hogan of Kilkenny, resulting in a red card for Hogan in last Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan has defended the incident which led to his red card in the All-Ireland Final, insisting "it's not Irish dancing".

Hogan's sending off just before half-time during his side's defeat to Tipperary has been the main talking point since the final. The Cats trailed by just one point when the star forward received his marching orders, but ended up losing by 14 to the Premier county after struggling with 14 men in the second period.

Replays showed that Hogan caught Tipperary's Cathal Barrett in the head after the defender quickly changed direction.

Speaking on Off the Ball, the multiple All-Star said there was "absolutely no way" he should have been sent off, insisting that he had been trying to get the ball.

"In my opinion, there was absolutely no way it was a sending off," Hogan said.

"I suppose that’s the way these things go. Sometimes these decisions go for you and sometimes they go against.

"The first thing I thought was to get back and get after the ball, then when I turned around and saw him on the ground I thought, 'It's a free'.

"I was complaining about getting a yellow card, because it was one of those clearly accidental, honest challenges."

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"I just assumed that he had taken the wrong card, to be honest with you," he added.

Hogan also asked what other way could he have positioned his body when making the challenge, and hit out at people who said he elbowed Barrett in the head.

"They spoke about your arm not being down by your side. This is not Irish dancing.

"We have hurleys in our hands, how do we hold a 36-inch hurley without bending your arm?"

"For me, any talk of an elbow was crazy. The first I heard of it was this morning. I couldn't believe that lads were mentioning elbows. I went in with the shoulder, he slipped me and I could actually feel the contact coming off as he was swinging around."

"I didn't expect him to be down, but when I looked around and saw him down then I thought 'OK, it's a free,' turned around and went to get up the field to defend it," he added.

There had been speculation around whether Hogan would return next season, but he said tonight that he didn't want to end his Kilkenny career on that sour note.

"I’ll sit down and I’ll think about it. For me, if we had won it Sunday, it would have been a nice way to maybe sign off like that. I’ll do whatever I can to play for another year and we’ll see from there.

"Nobody wants to finish their career like that. Maybe it’s a good thing, maybe that decision that I would have had to make over the winter has probably been made already for me.

"I think to be honest with you, I owe it to myself to do whatever I can to play again."

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