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Headbutt? Feigning injury? Dubs star McMahon rejects claims from Mayo game

Philly McMahon hits back after those recent controversies.

Philly McMahon and Aidan O'Shea square off during the drawn All-Ireland semi-final.
Philly McMahon and Aidan O'Shea square off during the drawn All-Ireland semi-final.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

PHILLY MCMAHON HAS denied accusations that he feigned injury during  the drawn All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo and that he headbutted Aidan O’Shea in that volatile Croke Park clash.

The Dublin defender came under fire from Sunday Game pundits in the wake of the game but he has launched a defence of his conduct.

“You just have to look at the footage and you see that his arm hits me in the face,” stated McMahon, when speaking to 98FM’s Stephen Doyle at a press briefing Parnell Park last night.

“Whether it was accidental or not, I definitely didn’t feign injury. I suppose it was a bit disappointing because I didn’t do it.”

Philly McMahon clashes with Aidan OÕShea Philly McMahon clashes with Aidan O'Shea Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

And the Ballymun Kickhams man also rejected claims that he headbutted O’Shea during the second-half.

“It’s one of those things, I didn’t see it until a lot of people came to me and said: ‘Did you see it? You were blamed for headbutting somebody’, and I didn’t believe it.

“The camera view actually looked like I did do it but I didn’t.

“You look at the opposite side from the Cusack (Stand) and you see him (O’Shea) pulling the jersey towards me.

Philly McMahon celebrates scoring his side's second goal Philly McMahon celebrates scoring Dublin's second goal against Mayo last Saturday Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“I was glad nothing came of it. It was something that I didn’t let get to me because if I did I probably would have had a poor game in the second game.”

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