The Central Competitions Control Committee are displeased with the fact they can not look into the Austin Gleeson incident following a decision from referee James Owens not to report the matter in his match report.
Waterford’s Gleeson appeared to pull the helmet off Cork’s Luke Meade towards the end of the first half – but escaped any punishment. The decision not to take action against the Mount Sion man berated Cork supporters – as he went on to score 1-2 as well as setting up a crucial goal by Jamie Barron as the Déise ran out 11-point victors over their rivals.
According to RTE Sport’s Darren Frehill – The CCCC wanted to look into the incident, but ultimately ended up being unable to do so – given that Owens saw the altercation as an accident – leaving no cause for the committee to take retrospective action against the Hurler of the Year.
The fact that nothing will come of the matter is sure to cause widespread debate – given the uproar surrounding the suspension of Tadhg De Búrca for a similar altercation with Wexford’s Harry Kehoe, and also an incident involving Galway’s Adrian Tuohy – who also managed to escape any further punishment for an incident involving Tipperary’s Padraic Maher.
The CCCC believes that there was a case to answer following the incident involving Gleeson – as it appeared to be deliberate. However, given that Wexford man Owens believed that there was no matter to be dealt with – it left the committee powerless and as a result – the Waterford star is free to face Galway in the All-Ireland decider on September 3rd.
Although even the most passionate of Waterford supporters will admit that Gleeson is lucky to escape without a ban – they’ll surely be delighted with the decision, as if he produces a second-half display like that of Sunday’s – he could be the man to spearhead their challenge in the final.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena
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