Waterford’s Tadhg de Búrca was sent off in the 66th minute of their All-Ireland quarter-final, which will see him miss their next game if the decision isn’t overturned.
Waterford were beating their opponents comfortably at the time before Tipperary referee Fergal Horgan showed the defender a straight red card for an off the ball incident.
The decision left many spectators inside Páirc Uí Chaoimh puzzled, and even RTÉ commentators Marty Morrissey and Brendan Cummins didn’t quite understand what had went on.
De Búrca has been outstanding for Derek McGrath’s men – in the sweeper role – in 2017 and the 2015 All-Star has been a crucial part of the Waterford set-up for some time now.
In McGrath’s post-match interview, he spoke of how he would be surprised if De Búrca had struck a Wexford player off the ball, and went on to hint that Waterford may appeal the decision.
RTÉ showed two replays of the incident and in the first replay, there didn’t seem to be much going on:
However, in the second replay it became clear that the Waterford man had pulled the face guard of Wexford’s Harry Kehoe.
Kehoe’s face guard appears to have come flying off and if it was intentional, then it warrants a straight red card and Waterford will be without one of their star men for their last four clash against either Cork or Galway.
Watch it more closely here:
William Dunne, Pundit Arena