Monday 21 October 2019

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody set to avoid sanction for altercation with match official

No reference to incident between Cats boss and official in referee's report

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody speaks to sideline official Justin Heffernan
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody speaks to sideline official Justin Heffernan
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks set to avoid sanction for the contact made with a fourth official during Saturday night's All-Ireland hurling qualifier loss to Waterford.

Cody was on his way to confront his opposite number Derek McGrath over a disputed sideline when the official leaned in to direct Cody away from where McGrath was.

While Cody made contact, which could constitute 'laying a hand on' and is not permitted under rule 7.2, his attention was focused on McGrath.

It is understood the incident has not been referenced in referee James Owens' match report and is unlikely to be pursued.

Inevitably, parallels will be drawn with the incident that led to Diarmuid Connolly being suspended for three months and caused one of the summer's biggest controversies when he put his hand on linesman Ciaran Branagan's chest, again when matters became heated over a disputed sideline ball.

Connolly would have accepted the proposed penalty but his manager Jim Gavin admitted subsequently that he was the one who sought a hearing.

Cody has avoided charges for incidents involving referees; in 2014 after his comments about Barry Kelly's decision to award a free in the drawn game against Tipperary led to a disrepute charge, and in 2004 for his confrontation with Diarmuid Kirwan at half-time in a qualifier against Galway when he was summoned to a Games Administration Committee meeting and issued with a warning.


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