Kerry chiefs ‘wait and see’ on O Sé video review

KERRY GAA chiefs are adopting a ‘wait and see’ policy before commenting on television coverage of incidents involving defender Tomás O Sé in Sunday’s Munster SFC final as the An Ghaeltacht defender looks set to be the second high-profile Kingdom player to be slapped with a retrospective suspension this summer by the CCCC.

O Sé was involved in three separate incidents with Limerick attacker Stephen Kelly during the first-half of Sunday’s game, with the apparent elbow inflicted on Kelly after he struck a point in the 20th minute the incident most likely to see O Sé facing apotential four-week ban.

Referee Pat Fox appeared to miss the foul as he took no action against O Sé and as it is expected that the report he submitted yesterday will contain no mention of the incident, the CCCC look certain to ask the Westmeath whistler to review the match footage.

There are no scheduled meetings of the CCCC this week as fixture arrangements for this weekend’s qualifier action were finalised last week but the committee are likely to have a phone conference to discuss the incident.

If O Sé is sidelined for Kerry’s All-Ireland quarter-final he will join teammate Paul Galvin who is serving an eight-week ban. Kerry officials were scathing in their criticism of the television coverage of Galvin’s incident with Cork’s Eoin Cadogan during last month’s Munster SFC semi-final replay, but county board chairman Jerome Conway refused yesterday to engage on the O Sé incident.

TV3 analyst Liam Hayes was pointed in his criticism of O Sé during the live transmission of the game while on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game programme that night, the incident was revisited by Kevin McStay and Irish International Rules team manager Anthony Tohill.

“I didn’t see The Sunday Game myself but I did hear that they highlighted some incidents involving Tomás O Sé”, stated Conway. “I’ve no comment to make really until such time as we know whether the CCCC are taking action.

“We’re just going to wait and see what happens. What bothers me is the influence The Sunday Game may have on the CCCC. Now the CCCC has said that it hasn’t been influenced by any outside parties. As regards the TV3 coverage, I was at the match so obviously I didn’t see that.”

Conway did insist that no one from Limerick brought up the incident in discussions with him after the match.

“It was a tough hard game but during the game there didn’t seem to be anything going on. There was no talk about it afterwards. I was talking to Limerick people, Limerick supporters and officers of the Limerick county board. There was none of them mentioning any controversial matter.”

The CCCC may also revisit other controversial incidents that arose over the course of the weekend with Sligo’s Eamonn O’Hara possibly in trouble over an attempted stamp on Galway’s Eoin Concannon in Saturday’s Connacht SFC semi-final replay and, Tipperary’s Declan Fanning andWexford’s Stephen Banville both involved an incident in Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC qualifier that left Fanning requiring a reported 25 stitches after suffering an ear injury.

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