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'A disgrace' and 'we're just stunned' - Criticism of Munster semi-final sin bin decision

Aidan McCarthy was sent to the line in the second half.

Updated Jul 4th 2021, 8:04 PM

THE HURLING SIN bin rule was in the spotlight for today’s Munster semi-final as the decision against Clare’s Aidan McCarthy had a huge impact in shaping the outcome of the game.

james-owen-shows-aidan-mccarthy-a-yellow-card Aidan McCarthy with referee James Owens after the decision was made. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

McCarthy was sent to the line by referee James Owens for this foul on Tipperary’s Jake Morris. It came at a time when Clare were in front by 2-12 to 1-13 but when the Inagh-Kilnamona man rejoined the action, Tipperary had stormed ahead 3-17 to 2-14.

The decision attracted huge criticism as it occurred by the left sideline and did not appear a clearcut goalscoring opportunity. Clare fought back but ended up losing 3-22 to 2-21 as Tipperary booked a place in the Munster final on Sunday 18 July.

“I think the boos at the end of the game from the crowd is a reflection of what did happen,” said Clare manager Brian Lohan, when speaking to RTÉ afterwards.

brian-lohan-dejected Clare boss Brian Lohan. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

“I don’t know. We’re just stunned with it. The rule is okay, it’s the interpretation is the issue.

“I’d say he’s probably the only person in the ground that thought it was a goalscoring opportunity.”

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The Sunday Game pundit Jackie Tyrrell labelled the decision ‘a disgrace’ in the post-match analysis.

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