Delaney and Corbett face championship suspensions after red cards
KILKENNY and Tipperary will have to start their championship campaigns without JJ Delaney and Lar Corbett respectively after both men were sent off for an off-the-ball tussle during yesterday's Allianz National League final.
The GAA's decision to move to a game-based suspension system this season directly affects them.
Heretofore, the minimum suspension for a straight red card was four weeks, and both players' championship campaigns do not start for another five weeks, but the punishment now is a one-game ban which carries across competitions.
That rules totemic Kilkenny defender Delaney out of the Leinster championship clash with Offaly on June 9, while Corbett will miss Tipperary's Munster semi-final against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on the same day.
Neither management quibbled afterwards, even though Kilkenny's support in the sell-out 21,447 crowd regularly booed referee Barry Kelly for some of his decisions in the mile-a-minute game which the Cats won by three points.
"Two players were grappling on the ground, I couldn't see what happened but I have absolutely no problem with the referee today. For me he had a fine game," Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea said.
Kilkenny's victory secured their 16th league title and maintained their proud record of never losing twice to Tipperary in a league campaign.
They did it without 2012 Player of the Year Henry Shefflin, All Star TJ Reid and 2011 All Star Richie Power, and look likely to be still without Shefflin (foot injury) for the first game of the Leinster championship at least.
Their players will have little time to rest on their laurels as they are straight back into two consecutive rounds of league action with their clubs next weekend.