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Sunday 11 December 2016

Mickey Harte: Tiernan McCann was not entirely to blame for Darren Hughes incident

Tiernan McCann hits the floor after Darren Hughes brushed his hair
Tiernan McCann hits the floor after Darren Hughes brushed his hair
Mickey Harte

UNDER-FIRE Tyrone have stood by their man as they turn their focus towards an All-Ireland SFC semi-final showdown with Kerry on August 23.

Red Hands manager Mickey Harte (pictured) has launched a spirited defence of under-fire Tiernan McCann but admitted that the player realises he would 'respond differently' if a similar incident happened again.

McCann threw himself theatrically to the floor contributing to the red carding of Monaghan's Darren Hughes in Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final, after Hughes ruffled his hair. "I don't think he's the first person to overreact and he won't be the last one to ever do it and I think there is plenty of precedence there where this has happened before and it hasn't caused the same furore," said Harte.

"Tiernan McCann is a fine young man, a wonder footballer, he did lots of good things on Saturday in the game that seem to have been overlooked.

"I just want to say that he wasn't entirely to blame for all of this. If the player who raised his hand had chosen to do something differently then the outcome would have been different as well."

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