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Poll: Should Kieran Donaghy have seen red yesterday?

WATCH: The Austin Stacks man appeared to stamp on Noel O’Leary during yesterday’s Munster SFC Final. Do you think he should have walked?

David Coldrick shows Donaghy yellow - but should the Kingdom star have walked?
David Coldrick shows Donaghy yellow - but should the Kingdom star have walked?
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NO DISCIPLINARY ACTION will be taken against Kerry “star” Kieran Donaghy, despite video evidence suggesting that he was lucky not to be sent off during the Kingdom’s three-point Munster SFC Final victory over Cork yesterday.

The Austin Stacks man clashed with Rebel wing-back Noel O’Leary four minutes into the second half in Killarney, apparently raking his studs down the defender’s left thigh following a tangle between the two.

Although match referee David Coldrick seemed to have a perfect view of the incident, he consulted with linesman Cormac Reilly before deciding to award a yellow card.

Under the current rules, no retrospective action can be taken by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) once the referee is deemed to have dealt with the offence. As a result, Donaghy – who scored 0-2 in yesterday’s win – will be free to line out in the All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Finals over the August bank holiday weekend.

But what do you think? Was Donaghy lucky to escape a sending-off? Or did David Coldrick get the decision right?


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Should Kieran Donaghy have been sent off for his clash with Noel O’Leary?

Poll Results:

Yes, that's a sending-off offence. (395)
It only deserved a booking. The referee got it right. (230)
It was an accident. He was unlucky to be booked. (41)

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