Thursday 22 February 2018

WATCH: Could Brian Cody face ban for laying his hands on match official during Kilkenny's defeat?

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody speaks to sideline official Justin Heffernan
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody speaks to sideline official Justin Heffernan

Kilkenny will not be involved in an All Ireland final for only the fourth time in 19 years under Brian Cody following the Cats' dramatic extra-time defeat to Waterford yesterday.

After such a lengthy time at the helm, the future of Cody will no doubt become a pertinent talking point in the days ahead and the Kilkenny boss could also face action from GAA chiefs after he appeared to lay his hands on match official Justin Heffernan.

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly is currently serving a 12-week suspension for his shove on linesman Ciaran Branagan during his side's 0-19-0-7 win over Carlow last month.

Following yesterday's incident with Cody, there has been widespread calls on social media for the GAA to act and keep consistency in the game.

Dublin boss Jim Gavin slammed the "bile" media reaction to the Connolly incident and lambasted national broadcaster RTE for what he felt set the agenda for Connolly's ban.

It remains to be seen if Cody's clash will be scrutinised to the extent of Connolly's.

Meanwhile, despite bowing out of the championship, Codt felt his team proved a point to their critics.

"I think they (the Kilkenny players) proved tonight how resilient they are, how competitive they are, how determined they are, and also how skilful they are. They showed an awful lot tonight.

Our team has been questioned over the year by just about everybody really. That's their prerogative but our team tonight was as competitive as is humanly possible to be, and came within a whisker of winning the game.

"It went to extra-time, and they regrouped well. The momentum that they were able to rediscover, and there was some very good hurling, obviously. They were more consistent in their play over the 90 minutes than we were, but the resilience, spirit and determination we showed are the hallmarks of everything a team has to have."

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