Brian Cody’s Kilkenny were dumped out of the All-Ireland Championship before it even really got started last Saturday evening thanks to a brilliant Waterford performance.
The Déise dominated a lacklustre Cats side for much of the tie and seemed to be running away with the game at one point. A late comeback, inspired by TJ Reid and Richie Leahy, did force the qualifier to extra time but goals from Jamie Barron and Maurice Shanahan saw Derek McGrath’s side progress.
Such was the drama of the final exchanges, an incident in the first half was understandably forgotten somewhat. When a line ball was given in favour of Waterford as half-time drew closer, Cody took issue with the decision and turned his attention on McGrath. Fourth official Justin Heffernan intervened as the 62-year-old got in what seemed like a heated exchange with his opposite number.
It was at this point that Cody seemed to push the official.
— Brendan Barry-Murphy (@bbarrymurphy) 9 July 2017
Most expected the Kilkenny boss to receive some sort of a ban considering Diarmuid Connolly was hit with a 12-week suspension for a not too dissimilar, albeit less serious, incident earlier this year.
However, according to The Irish Independent, Cody will not face any sanction as the altercation was not mentioned in the referee’s report. As the story points out, the Sheestown native’s actions would surely constitute “laying a hand” on Heffernan and are outlawed under rule 7.2.
Watch the infamous Connolly incident below and see if you can spot the difference between 12 weeks in the stands and no punishment at all.