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Saturday 20 July 2019

'It just shouldn't happen - Tiernan will be gutted'

Tiernan McCann of Tyrone interferes with Stephen McMenamin of Donegal. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Tiernan McCann of Tyrone interferes with Stephen McMenamin of Donegal. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Seán Cavanagh insists Tiernan McCann is the last player he would have expected to lose his head after the Tyrone defender put his hand in the mouth of Donegal opponent Stephen McMenamin.

It's the second major disciplinary controversy of McCann's career after his theatrical reaction that led to a red card for Monaghan's Darren Hughes in 2015.

"I think Tiernan would be the first to admit it just shouldn't happen," said Cavanagh. "It's something that we just have to cut, all that nonsense, out of our game because football is struggling from a marketing point of view at the moment. It's lagging behind hurling and that definitely doesn't add to the product."

But he added: "If, before that game, you had asked me was there a likelihood that someone was going to lose their head today, I wouldn't have said Tiernan McCann, not at all. It's just now he's been involved in two fairly high-profile incidents. I think he'll be disappointed with that. I think he'll be gutted actually, from knowing him, but he'll know that he just has to take his medicine and get on with it.

"Certainly he's not a player who has any malice in him by nature and anyone who played against him at club level would tell you that."

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