Board set to review Galvin attack

Kerry GAA chiefs last night scrutinised referee John Sexton’s account of Sunday’s controversial county senior hurling championship final.

Board set to review Galvin attack

The contest was overshadowed by Kilmoyley official Paddy O’Sullivan’s violent attack on former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin just before the second half began.

The four-time All-Ireland medal winner was playing at left half-forward for Lixnaw when struck by O’Sullivan with a hurley. Seconds earlier, Sexton had shown a yellow card to Galvin for an off-the-ball incident involving Kilmoyley’s Tom Murnane.

Sexton’s report was discussed at last night’s meeting of the Kerry Competitions Control Committee (CCC). It is expected a full investigation will be launched into the matter, with O’Sullivan likely to be called to a disciplinary hearing in the coming days.

There was no mention of the attack, nor was it raised by a single delegate as last night’s county board meeting which preceded the convening of the CCC. The game ended 0-11 apiece and the replay is to be played on the weekend of October 4/5.

Meanwhile, Kilmoyley secretary John Nolan confirmed O’Sullivan will be subject to disciplinary action by his own club for the incident.

Nolan also revealed O’Sullivan regretted his actions. “I didn’t see it because I was still in the dressing room at the time. I didn’t see the initial incident (between Galvin and the Kilmoyley player) nor the one that happened with Paddy.

“The club are dealing with it and we’re awaiting the county board’s decision. It was unfortunate, very unfortunate. The man involved is very sorry. He regretted almost as soon as it happened. I was speaking to him that night and he put his hand up. He was wrong.

“We’ll be looking after it ourselves as well as the county board. He might have had his reasons at the time but he knew almost straight away that it wasn’t the thing to do.

“It didn’t affect Paul Galvin’s performance anyway. Whatever did happen it didn’t affect his hurling. He had a fine game overall but he had a great second half.”

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