JIM GAVIN has warned his red-carded midfielder, Denis Bastick, that he doesn't tolerate indiscipline - but the Dublin boss has also delivered a thinly veiled swipe at the "cynicism" that caused it during Saturday's Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup final thriller with Kildare.
Bastick will now miss the launch of their NFL Division One campaign, against Cork in Croke Park next Saturday night (part of a double-header with Kildare v All-Ireland champions Donegal), as he faces a one-match suspension for striking Kildare's Paddy Brophy.
The flashpoint happened during a melee near the end of extra-time, but the row would surely never have kicked off if Laois referee Eddie Kinsella had originally blown for a blatant jersey-pull by Seánie Johnston on Darren Daly, with Kildare seeking to protect a two-point lead.
As play continued, Daly swung a retaliatory boot and tempers briefly soared, with Bastick getting involved with Brophy and Johnny Doyle then lunging at the Dublin midfielder.
After consulting with both linesmen, Kinsella delivered the ultimate censure to Bastick while Johnston (strangely, as the first foul had gone unpunished) was booked.
"There were two of them at it," Gavin surmised afterwards. "I suppose the cynical part of the game was kicking in at that stage and frustration got the better of Denis.
"But there was a blatant foul on one of our guys, which was happening quite regularly, and the referee wasn't doing anything about it. But I'm sure his assessor will look at that.
The Dublin boss agreed that the incident would never have happened if the first free was blown, adding: "And it wasn't the first time there was cynicism in that game. As I said, I'm sure the assessors will look at that."
He would "absolutely" discourage his players from such cynicism, saying: "It wouldn't be part of my gig at all."
However, Gavin didn't disguise his disappointment over the red card either. "He knows my feelings and the players know my feelings in terms of that indiscipline, and certainly I don't tolerate it," he concluded.
Meanwhile, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has defended his record in blooding new players after several of them played starring roles against the Dubs.
"We are constantly looking at players. We have looked at well over 100 players between trials and stuff," McGeeney maintained.
"People tell you, you don't look at different players ... people probably don't remember players if they don't make an impact, but today they did make an impact.
"Again, you will be reminded somewhere down the line that it's an O'Byrne Cup as everybody has been reminding us this last couple of weeks. All we can do is play it and do our best.
"But again, the measure is going to be against the top teams in the National League and Dublin are going to be a different kettle of fish in Croke Park, as will Donegal, as will Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
"All these teams are coming at us - but that's what we wanted."