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‘Despicable’ act not what hurling people do

Michael Duignan believes Galway’s Adrian Tuohy should have seen red for jabbing his hurl into the groin of Limerick’s Barry Murphy.

The defender was shown a yellow card for the incident by referee Cathal McAllister during a bad-tempered encounter that saw Limerick clinch promotion to Division 1A.

“To me it’s absolutely despicable,” the Offaly All-Ireland winner told Allianz League Sunday.

“A belt into the testicles like that… You might give a lad a belt into the stomach but hurling people don’t do that.

“Amazingly, Cathal McAllister goes over to the All-Ireland referee, Fergal Horgan, on the line and asked him if he saw it.

“He obviously saw something, because he gave him the  card. How can he give a yellow card? What sort of an example are we showing?

“We all played the game hard and there would be belts given, but that sort of an incident – and I had a bad injury in that area, and my young lad did as well – is not nice. It’s life-changing.”

Anthony Daly agreed, and said other players were fortunate not to be sent off as well.

“There was an incident before half-time that wasn’t clearly caught,” he said.

“There were a lot of helmets pulled, a bit of belting.

“Very lucky there wasn’t red cards shown there today.

“There was a lot at stake but that’s OTT and Adrian Tuohy is very lucky there.

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