Monday 23 July 2018

'There are mitigating factors that could come into play' - Why Austin Gleeson could escape final ban

23 July 2017; Austin Gleeson of Waterford during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Wexford and Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
23 July 2017; Austin Gleeson of Waterford during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Wexford and Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Austin Gleeson turned in a devastating second half performance for Waterford yesterday to blow Cork away in the All-Ireland semi-final but a bit of first half indiscipline threatens to stop the Hurler of the Year from playing in the final.

Just weeks after Waterford's star sweeper Tadhg de Burca was controversially banned from playing in yesterday's game for pulling Harry Kehoe's faceguard against Wexford in the quarter-final, Gleeson is under the spotlight for a similar infraction.

Replays showed that the 21-year-old pulled off Luke Meade's helmet in the opening minutes of Waterford's win in Croke Park, which could rule him out of the final against Galway should the CCCC decide to act on the incident.

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The footage appears to offer little defence for Gleeson, but Irish Independent GAA correspondent Colm Keys thinks the decision not to ban Galway defender Adrian Tuohy after a similar clash could possibly see the Deise star escape a ban.

Speaking to The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast, Keys said that although he thinks that Gleeson will likely be sanctioned for the incident, there are still some 'mitigating factors' that could help him.

"It is pretty clear-cut what he did and it certainly meets the standards of what the rule states," Keys said.

"It looked deliberate to me but there are mitigating factors that could come into play. The ref possibly might have said I dealt with this, I saw it but didn't see the severity of it. That is a possibility.

"The other factors which would never be mentioned are that Waterford are already probably a man down with Conor Gleeson.

"The investigating body last week overlooked Adrian Tuohy and decided there wasn't enough in that, there could be a perceived imbalance of justice there. Also they have been down the road with Tadhg de Burca too so there are other factors at play but if you take this in isolation, it looks like he deliberately pulled Luke Meade's helmet and will face a charge."

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