Dublin are All-Ireland champions for the third consecutive year and the celebrations will go on long into the night in the capital.
However, Eoghan O’Gara may have his celebrations marred by the fact that he could be facing into a disciplinary hearing following an incident involving himself and Colm Boyle during today’s game.
Video footage clearly suggests O’Gara pinning Boyle down and making an eye gouging action with a mischievous smile on his face.
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The inicident was missed at the time by referee Joe McQuillan and will therefore more than likely be a case for the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) once his official match report has been filed.
O’Gara was listed as number 26 in today’s programme and was not down to start. In a late change to Jim Gavin’s selected 15, the 31-year-old replaced Niall Scully. O’Gara was substituted at half-time with the Dubs a point down, having failed to make his mark on the game, making way for Diarmuid Connolly.
If the incident is probed by the CCCC, the Templeogue Synge Street club player will likely be set for a hefty stint on the sideline for the beginning of the 2018 season. While the footage above is damning for him, due process must be afforded.
In a similar incident involving Philly McMahon and Kieran Donaghy in the 2015 All-Ireland final, O’Garas’s county teammate, McMahon, who was widely deemed the culprit of eye gouging his Kerry counterpart was adjudged to have been innocent of any wrongdoing by the powers that be.