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Waterford's Austin Gleeson cleared to play in the All-Ireland hurling final

Referee James Owens told the CCCC that he is satisfied with how he officiated Sunday’s game between Waterford and Cork.

(Updated at 18:20)

WATERFORD STAR AUSTIN Gleeson is free to line out in the All-Ireland senior hurling final.

The current Hurler of the Year appeared in danger of receiving a suspension after pulling the helmet off the head of Cork’s Luke Meade in the first half of Sunday’s semi-final win at Croke Park.

Gleeson helmet The incident in question. Source: RTÉ Player

However, as reported in the Irish Examiner this morning, the 22-year-old defender has escaped sanction as confirmed by RTÉ, meaning he will be available to face Galway in a showdown at GAA HQ on 3 September.

Referee James Owens informed the Central Competitions Committee (CCCC) that he is satisfied with how he officiated the game. Once a referee tells the committee that they acted upon a specific incident, no suspensions can be issued and the case is closed.

Waterford’s Conor Gleeson and Cork forward Patrick Horgan were also sent off late on, and the All-Ireland finalists could yet contest the former’s automatic one-match ban.

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