Waterford star Austin Gleeson has spoken for the first time about the incident that nearly saw him miss the All-Ireland hurling final.
TV pictures appeared to show Gleeson pulling the helmet of an opponent during the Desie’s big win over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final over Cork in Croke Park.
Speaking to Game On on 2FM, the 2016 Hurler of the Year revealed he didn’t realise this was such a big talking point until after the game.
“It was a total accident, I suppose. We don’t really want to dwell on it but it was a total accident. It was after the match that it came out that it could be in bother. But thankfully nothing came out of it and I’m looking forward to playing in the final.”
“It was more so after the game when I was informed what happened. When it happened I didn’t really realise what was after happening. I just took it as it came. And thankfully, in the end, I got out of it.”
Gleeson added that he the prospect of missing the biggest game of his life never entered his mind.
“There was nothing said at all afterwards. We were too busy celebrating getting into an All-Ireland final. We were just happy and ecstatic in the dressing room.
“I’m just happy that I’m able to play on the September 3 in the All-Ireland final. That’s the main thing for me.”
Waterford face Galway on the first Sunday in September – the first time the pair have met in an All-Ireland final.
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