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McGuigan's sending off leaves Harte 'disgusted'

TYRONE boss Mickey Harte described Brian McGuigan's red card as "ridiculous" and admitted that he had "concerns" once he heard referee David Coldrick was taking charge of the game.

McGuigan was only on the field a matter of seconds when he received his marching orders after barging into the back of Kerry's Declan O'Sullivan, who fell to the floor in dramatic fashion.

"I have to say I was (concerned). I'm not taking this position now because we were beaten, that we're blaming the referee. He didn't beat us," Harte said.

"But again, what influence do people like this have on these games? That's the third game he did (he also took charge of the Division 2 final against Kildare and Ulster semi-final against Donegal - Tyrone lost both games) and I said to myself that I don't feel he benefits our team."

It was an ill-tempered affair, but Harte was disappointed at the fact that 16 yellow cards and one red were brandished in the game.

"I thought we had left that behind us when Pat McEnaney came in to look after referees, in that he was sending out the message that you didn't need a plethora of yellow cards.

"Every other game I've seen in the championship to date, I have seen the card count go way down. I thought it made for a better game. That didn't happen (against Kerry)."


On McGuigan's sending off he said: "I'm disgusted with the red card. There was no merit in that at all. It was harsh, I don't think running into anyone with your shoulder is a sending-off offence."

It was an all together different mood emanating from the opposition dugout with Jack O'Connor delighted to produce a vintage Kingdom performance in front of a home crowd.

"We knew during the week that there was going to be a massive Kerry crowd here and it would be unthinkable to lose in front of them," he said.

"We haven't lost in 17 years here. It would have been an awful way for this team to finish up."

O'Connor admitted that Kerry's two All-Ireland decider defeats to Tyrone was a massive source of motivation.

"You have the pain of defeat. For me, that would be losing two All-Ireland finals to them. You have that pain buried deep down in your stomach."