Sunday 22 July 2018

Waterford's Austin Gleeson cleared to play in All Ireland final against Galway

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

Colm Keys

Austin Gleeson has been cleared to play in next month's All-Ireland hurling final after confirmation that referee James Owens had already adjudicated on Gleeson's helmet pull on Luke Meade in Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final against Cork.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee had referred the incident to the Wexford official for clarification as to whether he was satisfied that he had adjudicated on the incident at the time.

And once Owens confirmed that he was it effectively shut down the case.

Waterford County Board have been informed of the development which will come as a huge relief ahead of their training session tonight, allowing them to prepare for the All-Ireland final without it hanging over them.

They will still have to mount a defence for Conor Gleeson who was red carded in Sunday's match.

The call made by Owens against the weight of video evidence will once again present a strong case for these decisions to be taken away from match officials and given over to an investigating body instead.

Galway's Adrian Tuohy also avoided a potential ban for a similar offence the week before after CCCC decided there was not sufficient intent in evidence to make a charge stick.

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