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Last updated: 06/25/17 9:57 PM

Dublin coach Jim Gavin

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and the Dublin senior football team declined to do face-to-face interviews with the media after their 4-29-0-10 win over Westmeath, resulting from reporting of the altercation in Diarmuid Connolly with a linesman during the Carlow match. .

Champions All over Ireland believe reporting of Connolly’s apparent pushing on linesman Ciaran Branagan in the Dublin v Carlow game, which resulted in a 12-week suspension for Connolly, was unacceptable.

Connolly will be out until the end of August, the All-Ireland semi-final.

Suspended Dublin player Diarmuid Connolly watches the game from the Hogan stand during the Leinster semi-final match between Dublin and Westmeath

Suspended Dublin player Diarmuid Connolly watches the game from the Hogan stand during the Leinster semi-final match between Dublin and Westmeath

During Carlow’s game, the All-Star double appeared to push linesman Branagan after the half-forward was frustrated with Branagan’s decision to award Carlow a line point. Connolly was then pushed around by three Carlow players before facing the linesman.

The St. Vincents player was already on a yellow card for a high tackle but referee Sean Hurson did not give him a card for his showdown with Branagan, although he was close to the incident when he broke. product.

Broadcast media were allowed to attend the post-match press conference along with all other media, but no one-on-one TV interviews were allowed.

Highlights of the SFC Leinster quarter-final between Dublin and Carlow from O'Moore Park

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Highlights of the SFC Leinster quarter-final between Dublin and Carlow from O’Moore Park

Highlights of the SFC Leinster quarter-final between Dublin and Carlow from O’Moore Park

During the press conference, manager Jim Gavin explained the reason for the lack of aired interviews.

“First of all, we cannot allow a player to interfere with the match officials, whether it is in the rules or not. That’s the first thing we would say. Diarmuid admits he made a mistake and he accepted the suspension outright. For me, what worried me was the way his reputation was attacked before we even saw the referee’s report. of the rights of the Republic but it is not absolute Each individual has his own right and I believe that his name has been affected by this.

“We had the national broadcaster in their post-game review, both Pat Spillane but mostly Pat, read a predetermined statement that was disappointing. Particularly because both are teachers, you hope they would understand that people make mistakes and that due process should be allowed before we become judge, jury and executioner in any particular incident.

“We saw on Air sports the rulebook being read against them. Supporters came to me and asked me what was going on and why this imbalance was happening. I really struggle to give them a balanced and proportionate answer. It was my decision to continue with the CHC and get their opinion on this. We received advice from the lead counsel that if it went to arbitration the case would not stand, but Diarmuid did not want that to happen. He just wanted to move forward in the best interests of the team. That’s what he decided to do. “

“Within 24 hours and before the referee’s report was signed, there was no media campaign, but it was very successful in the media and I still think his reputation was attacked, but more importantly, the right he has as an individual in the Republic, I think his reputation has certainly been attacked, that’s for sure.

Dublin's Eoghan O'Gara scores his side's second goal in the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship semi-final match

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara scores his side’s second goal in the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship semi-final match

Asked what particularly angered the champions from across Ireland, Gavin added: “The bile and malicious demeanor with which some broadcasters have pursued him. Something happened in the game and we have to let the referee’s report be released and then we can think it over. Like I said, I don’t endorse what happened and neither does he. He said it was a mistake, but people Really pursued him and it’s disappointing for the Gaelic Athletic Association and the coverage we’ve had in this sport for many years.

“Diarmuid raised his hand and said it was a mistake and that he is ready to accept his suspension. For my part, I have a duty of care to the player and I firmly believe that there has been an attack on his reputation Freedom of speech and opinion – this is an important part of our constitution and of the Republic, but it is not absolute.

The reigning champions from all over Ireland will now face Kildare in the Leinster final on July 16.


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