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Sunday 20 October 2019

Dubs look set to appeal red

Dublin's Paul Mannion is issued with a red card by referee Jerome Henry
Dublin's Paul Mannion is issued with a red card by referee Jerome Henry

Dublin look increasingly likely to contest Paul Mannion's weekend red card against Louth.

RTÉ footage of the incident has fuelled hopes in the capital that the two-time All Star could yet be cleared for their Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare or Longford on June 9.

Mayo referee Jerome Henry brandished a straight red to Mannion for a crunching tackle on Conal McKeever during Saturday's cakewalk win.

The decision came against the backdrop of a recently announced GAA crackdown on head-high tackles.

However, a slowed-down replay aired on The Sunday Game would appear to strengthen Jim Gavin's contention (before he had seen any replays) that it wasn't a red-card offence.

Ciarán Whelan reasoned that the original point of contact was "shoulder-to-shoulder", with the force of impact causing the back of McKeever's head to hit the ground.

Fellow pundit Joe Brolly argued that Whelan's assessment was "slightly generous" but agreed that Mannion's "intent was good" and that his dismissal was harsh.

Whelan predicted that, based on the slowed-down footage, "I think Dublin will appeal that" - and this would also appear to be the view of the Dublin camp itself.

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