Friday 23 March 2018

Waterford wait on Gleeson helmet judgment

Waterford's Austin Gleeson. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Waterford's Austin Gleeson. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Waterford will know later today if Austin Gleeson will face a proposed charge over the incident which saw the current Hurler of the Year pull Luke Meade's helmet off during Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final.

The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) are likely to press ahead with proposing a one-match ban, if it has been established that the match officials did not see the incident and therefore have not already dealt with it. Referee James Owens must make that clear before any ban can be proposed.

Footage of the incident from a camera on the Cusack Stand side shows Gleeson grabbing Meade's helmet and tightening his grip to pull it off.

Meanwhile, Gleeson's Waterford colleague Philip Mahony suggested after Sunday's game that there was "nothing in it". Mahony said he was in close proximity to the incident.

"It happened right beside me. Some of the lads might say it looks worse slowed down but I was right beside it and there was nothing in it," said Mahony.

"Because there was so much controversy over Adrian Tuohy and obviously Tadhg's (de Búrca), I remember at the time the helmet came off I was worried for a second but I was right on the scene and there was nothing in it.

"It's a contact sport, these things are going to happen. If they start pulling up every time a helmet comes off I think there's going to be a lot of hassle over it. I'm sure if you look at every game up and down the country, helmets come off."

Waterford are already bracing themselves to be without Conor Gleeson for the All-Ireland final with Galway.



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