Monday 20 November 2017

Philly McMahon: I did not feign injury or headbutt

Philly McMahon, Dublin, tussles with Aidan O'Shea, Mayo
Philly McMahon, Dublin, tussles with Aidan O'Shea, Mayo

PHILLY McMAHON has vehemently refuted accusations broadcast in the wake of the drawn Dublin/Mayo clash that he either feigned injury or headbutted Aidan O’Shea.

The Dublin defender also insisted he doesn’t fear facing holders Kerry in the All-Ireland SFC final on Sunday week.

Harking back to the semi-final incidents that sparked controversy but no action from the GAA authorities, McMahon explained: “You just have to look at the footage and you can see that his (O’Shea’s) arm hits me in the face. Whether it was accidental or not, I definitely didn’t feign injury.”

On the headbutting claim, he said: “The camera view actually looked like I did do it but I didn’t, and you look at the opposite side from the Cusack and you see him pulling the jersey towards him. I was glad that nothing came of it. It was something that I didn’t let get to me because, if I did, I probably would have had a poor game in the second game.”

Looking ahead to Kerry, McMahon spoke of Dublin’s confidence “because of what we’ve done in training, the game-plan we have and the players that we have. I haven’t lost to them. I’ve only played them in championship two times and fortunately enough we’ve been on the right side.”

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