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20th May 2019

‘If that’s a yellow card we might as well give it up’ – McGrath on Gleeson skirmish

Jack O'Toole

Former Waterford manager Derek McGrath is the latest pundit to condemn Conor Gleeson’s first yellow card during Waterford’s 2-30 to 0-18 defeat to Tipperary on Sunday.

Gleeson was dismissed after receiving his first yellow card for a skirmish with Tipperary forward Seamus Callanan before receiving a second yellow card for taking down Patrick Maher while he was baring down on goal.

McGrath couldn’t believe Gleeson was shown his first yellow card for what he described as the midfielder being very hard done by.

“That was nothing, at best [it was] a skirmish between two players on the edge where we want to see people,” said McGrath on the Sunday Game.

“Conor has been very hard done by there in terms of the yellow card. If that’s a yellow card we might as well give it up.”

He continued: “Between the 32nd minute and the 51st minute, Waterford rallied as is often the case when a guy is sent off.

“They got it to 0-20 to 0-17, so in terms of a turning point at that time, you couldn’t argue that Waterford were in pole position. You’d have to say that Tipperary were outplaying, [and] out-thinking us all over the field.

But definitely, [it was] the catalyst for a better performance. It enabled us to dig in until the 51st minute.”

Former Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly also said that Gleeson’s first yellow card was an overreaction.

“He knew Bonnar was baring down on goal and he took him down rugby style almost. That’s a yellow. But if the first incident is a yellow card then god love us with what’s gone on during the week there with wired up umpires calling referees.”

Earlier this week, the GAA’s National Referees Committee issued new guidelines and instructions to all intercounty referees in an effort to clamp down on head-high and dangerous tackles in both football and hurling.

It was made clear that referees will be paying greater attention to the high tackle and the “illegal charge/collision” in both codes.

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