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18th Feb 2018

TV footage appears to show why Barry Kerr may have been red carded

Jack O'Toole

Monaghan corner-back Barry Kerr was red carded in his side’s two-point win over Kerry on Sunday after a melee involving teammate Conor Boyle and the Kingdom’s Paul Geaney and Sean O’Shea.

A brawl ensued in the 60th minute with Kerr receiving a red card from referee Cormac Reilly for his part in proceedings.

Monaghan hung on to clinch their second consecutive league win over Kerry, but television replays appear to show Kerr making contact with the eye area of Kerry full-forward Paul Geaney.

In a separate scuffle in the background (seen in the tweet above), midfielder David Clifford emerged from the bottom of a pile and had gestured to Reilly that he had been hit in the testicles during the melee.

Clifford and Monaghan defender Drew Wylie both received yellow cards for their part in the incident.

Monaghan led by seven points at one stage and held on to earn a hard-fought two-point win in Inniskeen.

Conor McManus led the way for the Farney Army with 1-3 while Jack McCarron chipped in with 0-4, 0-3 of which was from frees.

The victory gives Malachy O’Rourke’s side back-to-back Allianz Division One league wins over Kerry with Monaghan now third on the table behind leaders Dublin and second placed Galway.

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