Friday 20 April 2018

John Mullane criticises Waterford for not going the 'full hog' with Conor Gleeson appeal

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Former Waterford star John Mullane believes Waterford should have exhausted all possible avenues in their appeal against Conor Gleeson's red card.

Gleeson went before the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) on Monday night after refusing to accept a one-match ban for the red card he received after an incident that led to both himself and Cork's Patrick Horgan being sent off in last week's All-Ireland semi-final.

He wanted the red card downgraded to a yellow but the CHC upheld the ban.

Deise boss Derek McGrath revealed yesterday that they wouldn't be appealing to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) and they could have gone before the independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) had they failed at the CAC.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Mullane believes that they should have gone further with their attempts to get Gleeson's ban quashed.

"I think Waterford probably should have pursued it and gone the whole way with it and see where it would have taken them.

"Now it would dragged into next week with the DRA (looking at it) but I would have went the full hog with it."

He also said that he believed Austin Gleeson after he claimed his helmet-pulling incident involving Cork's Luke Meade was 'accidental'.

"I would, I would (believe Austin Gleeson). And I'm not a big fan of this helmet rule. I've been there myself before. A lot of things can happen in the blink of an eye, the game is so fast now," he added.

"And in that incident, I'd take Austin's word on it. If he says that it was an accident, I'd have to believe him. I think Croke Park have made the right call on both the Adrian Touhy and the Austin Gleeson cases.

"I've gone on the record that with the helmet rule - while many people feel he (Austin Gleeson) should have been suspended - the punishment doesn't fit the crime."

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