GIF: Dundalk's Richie Towell slammed for dangerous kick on opponent
Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell was slated on social media for an apparent kick on St Patrick's Athletic's Jamie McGrath.
The Lilywhites were 4-1 up and cruising in the game when Towell appeared to deliberately flick his foot back and catch McGrath while he was on the ground.
RTE analyst Damien Richardson said: "This was petulant, careless, but more than than it was irresponsible. This could have easily resulted in a bad facial injury. That is not part of the game. Toughness, tackle and injuries are part of the game. I know that is not like Richie Towell, but that is petulant."
The act elicited a strong reaction on social media after it appeared on RTE's Soccer Republic last night.
Richie Towell, arguably the best player in the League of Ireland, transformed into public enemy number one overnight. Silly kick.— Ryan Kelly (@ryandelarge) August 18, 2015
How can anyone defend Richie Towell after that— Céin Ó Fionnalaigh (@CianFennelly10) August 17, 2015
I'm a huge fan of Richie Towell but that was naughty.......— Marc Kenny (@marcjohnkenny) August 17, 2015