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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tipp star Seamus Callanan: 'I suffered concussion and shouldn't have taken the penalty'

Mayo footballer Lee Keegan and Tipp hurler Seamus Callanan who were named GAA/GPA All Stars Opel Players of the Month for August Pic: Sportsfile
Mayo footballer Lee Keegan and Tipp hurler Seamus Callanan who were named GAA/GPA All Stars Opel Players of the Month for August Pic: Sportsfile

Seamus Callanan has revealed that he suffered concussion in the challenge that preceded his penalty miss in Tipperary's All-Ireland SHC semi-final defeat to Galway.

Callanan, who had scored three goals at that stage in the hurling season's most enthralling match, was hauled to the ground by Galway full-back John Hanbury in a challenge which has been compared to the spear tackle in rugby.

Damage

Hanbury received a yellow card for his part in the play, though much of the analysis of the incident - particularly on The Sunday Game - focused on whether Callanan should have taken the resultant penalty, which was tipped over the bar by Galway 'keeper Colm Callanan.

"Maybe I shouldn't have taken the penalty," Callanan admitted.

"But I was in a bit of form there and things were working out well for me. Yeah, it was very sore. Still is." Callanan revealed that he was exempt from club training for two weeks subsequently and underwent an MRI scan which revealed no long-term damage.

Yet he still gets "pains in your head and that, it's probably coming from tightness in the neck still.

"I suppose it was dangerous but I suppose if someone else at the other end of the field was after scoring three goals, someone would have to put a stop to it too," he admitted.

"Look Galway won the game and maybe I shouldn't have taken the penalty.

"But I was taking them in training, I was always taking them really so that was our decision to make on the field so we live by that.

"If someone is going through, I think people are more aware of being cynical and stopping that.

"Because obviously a goal is massive," Callanan added. "It's more than three points, it's more a mental thing as well."

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