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25th Feb 2018

Kildare’s Eoin Doyle sent off against Donegal for not wearing a gum shield

Harsh yellow

Ben Kiely

Eoin Doyle gum shield

Eoin Doyle’s game on Sunday ended very early.

A dream start for Kildare swiftly started resembling a nightmare in Ballyshannon.

Four minutes into the Lillywhites’ Allianz football league clash against Donegal, they were three points up. Daniel Flynn’s early goal got the game off to an ideal start for the Leinster men

However, just 10 minutes later, Kildare were down to 14 men under very unusual circumstances. Eoin Doyle received his marching orders after being shown two yellow cards in quick succession. At least one of the bookings were because he wasn’t wearing a gum shield.

Local Kildare radio station KFM initially reported that the first yellow card was for not wearing the requisite mouth protection.

Donegal’s official Twitter account saw it differently. They first reported that it was actually the second yellow card that was the punishment for not wearing a gum shield.

Either way, the decision has left most GAA fans scratching their heads.

As for Daniel Flynn, no chance of him getting his marching orders…

Expect to hear more about this.

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