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Eoin Kelly: Tadhg de Búraca's ban is so wrong and it's a huge blow for Waterford

August 11, 2017, 16:22

(11 August 2017) In his latest column for Paddy Power News former Tipperary hurler Eoin Kelly has given his take on Tadhg De Búrca’s ban:

The whole situation surrounding Tadhg de Búrca ban is so wrong. There was nothing in the incident. Adrian Tuohy from Galway got off on a similar situation during the week and there wasn’t anything in that either. You have to be disappointed by how long this has dragged on. For the player most of all, but also for the two counties involved on Sunday.It’s unfair on everybody and I don’t know how these things aren’t sorted within a week. There’s also the spin-off effect on Tadhg de Búrca himself, with his family, work or whatever he’s doing. People will have been constantly asking him ‘are you on, are you off, did you get off the ban?’ You have to think of the amateur player in these circumstances, who is meeting people all the time in his daily life. He deserved to get off for me, and this rule needs to be looked at now more than ever.”

He continued: I would amend it to punish a guy who goes at his opponent’s helmet aggressively and creates a melee: that’s a genuine red card. If two lads are going at each other, let them sort it out themselves – a bit like ice hockey. The problem is when a guy violently pulls the helmet off someone and everyone piles in because it boils the blood of his teammates. The rule as it stands is a bit ridiculous. There are too many inconsistencies in it and I’m sure the refs would be happier if it’s changed as well.”

The All-Ireland winner also discussed Tipperary’s future prospects following their loss to Galway in last week’s semi-final by the narrowest of margins:

I still believe there’s an All-Ireland or two left in that Tipperary team, despite their loss to Galway last week. It’s an old saying, but they died with their boots on. It was one of the best performances the Premier County produced all season. They were just unfortunate that it didn’t fall their way. A moment of absolute brilliance from Joe Canning won the game for Galway. It’s disappointing for Tipperary as a whole because there’s such high expectations there. But age is still on the side of the key players and leaders within the panel. It’s almost certain Michael Ryan will stay on as Tipperary manager and that continuity will be good for the team. I’m 100 per cent behind him anyway. The hurt of losing the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final come out of Tipperary when they won it all last year and I believe they use this defeat as motivation next year.

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