Pat McEnaney admits a referee getting a sending off decision wrong in hurling is just as serious as one who doesn’t issue a red card for a straight dismissal offence.
The national referees committee chairman famously claimed there should have been eight more red cards issued in last year’s All-Ireland SHC than the two that were actually shown.
However, he intimated there may have been players who were incorrectly sent off in recent weeks.
Tommy Walsh’s second yellow card against Tipperary in last Sunday week’s Division 1A clash in Thurles was generally deemed a harsh decision, while there were question marks raised about the sendings off of two Kilcormac-Killoughey player in last weekend’s All-Ireland Club final in Croke Park.
“Last year, I said I was disappointed with the number of red card offences that we punished. That’s still a fact.
“You look at this year’s club championship, we’ve also missed a number of red cards.
“If there were players sent off in the wrong then that’s also incorrect. By sending off a player incorrectly isn’t making up for anything that happened last year — it’s still a mistake.”
McEnaney defended Cork referee John Sexton’s decision to send off Kilcormac-Killoughey’s Damien Kilmartin after issuing him a second yellow card in their defeat to St Thomas’ last Sunday.
However, he acknowledged there could be a case made against Killian Leonard’s red card for a foul on Darragh Burke.
“Them two yellow cards, one was a foot trip, which was a definite yellow card, and a shoulder into the chest,” said McEnaney.
“While people thought they might have been harsh, they were two correct yellow cards.
“The straight red card, there is an argument on whether it was striking with the hurley or was it careless use of the hurley.
“From a hurling perspective, it probably is a bit of a grey area. Some people would deem it harsh, some people would deem it correct.”
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