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“Justice” for Carlow’s Brendan Murphy as yellow card overturned, freeing him up to face London

Brendan Murphy & Diarmuid Connolly tangle - Photo: Anne Lawlor
Brendan Murphy & Diarmuid Connolly tangle - Photo: Anne Lawlor

Former Carlow senior football goalkeeper John Kearns says that justice was done as Brendan Murphy saw his first yellow card he received against Dublin overturned.

Brendan is now available for Carlow’s trip to London in Sunday weeks All-Ireland Qualifier, and speaking to KCLR, John says that the first yellow card that Brendan received was very harsh.

“It’s a massive boost to the players obviously and to Brendan himself”, says Kearns.

“It’s great to see a bit of justice been done that way as regards, like I thought myself the yellow card was very very harsh, the first one. If anything it was more kind of through awkwardness and the referee kind of signalled for kind of a high tackle, but I think because Brendan is so kind of tall that there is no way he kind of went in with the arm.”

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“If anything, he kind of caught him with his knee and kind of the Dublin player fell over with him so to give a yellow card now is very very harsh, but listen thankfully justice has been done and he is available for that game against London.”

On the flip side, Kearns says there is no case for Diarmuid Connolly appealing his 12-week ban for pushing the linesman in Dublin’s victory over Carlow, suggesting the stronger counties usually get off more lightly.

“I don’t know. I mean sometimes you would just wonder should lads just get on with it. I mean the Tipperary goalkeeper got his 12-week ban and he just took it on the chin and moved on as did the Tipperary County Board.”

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“Now, you have Dublin now again, and the chances are they will probably go and appeal it. Listen you can say what you want – ‘ah he barely pushed him’ – but at the end of the day he touched him and that’s it. I mean and the rule in the book is if you touch an official it’s a 12 week ban.”

All this week on KCLR we’re giving you a chance to win a trip to see Carlow and London in Ruislip on Sunday 25 June. Check out the KCLR Competitions page for details, with the winner announced on air this Friday, all with thanks to Cityjet.

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