Dublin defeated Donegal last night at Croke Park, but the main talking point surrounded James McCarthy’s red card. While McCarthy was awarded a second yellow card rather than a straight red, he could find himself in deeper trouble after appearing to make contact with the eye of Martin McElhinney.
Speaking on Newstalk last night, Dublin manager Jim Gavin staunchly defended the player.
”I think that’s a very strong allegation you’re making there to me, particularly since I haven’t seen the tape. To be suggesting there was something malicious, I don’t think that’s very fair.
”There are lots of incidents in the game, if you slow them down to the tenth of a second playback, things won’t look as pretty as they would in real time.”
Speaking further to RTÉ Sport, Gavin spoke that McCarthy was a big loss.
“We were disappointed to lose James. He was playing well and he’s a key player for us.
“To lose a player of his calibre can hurt a team but I thought the players rolled up their sleeves after that and showed good control and patience to finish the game out.”
The incident has divided opinion, with many calling for a heavy punishment.