Former Dublin Football & One of the Greats Believes Seán O’Shea Should Have Got a Straight Red

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The former Dublin footballer and six time All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn was on Second Captains and believes Kerry’s Seán O’Shea should have been sent off for the incident with Dublin goalkeeper Evan Comerford. Speaking on the podcast the four time All-Star said and quoted by 

“Initially watching the penalty (at the game) I didn’t have any idea why there was such a kerfuffle afterwards probably because I had my head in my hands!

But then I watched it back last night. To be quite honest with you – I’m obviously biased and people will think that – but to me, that’s a red card.

And I’ll take a pause there for a second because it is. And we can talk about it all we want.

It was accidental but he’s in the goalkeeper’s six-yard box…he pulls on the right boot. If he tried to poke it in that’s fair game but it’s the follow-through that kicks the goalkeeper in the head.

Last year with John Small’s incident on Eoghan McLaughlin, which was an entirely different incident and I’m not trying to compare the two, but the words used by everyone were ‘duty of care to the player.’

I think in this instance you can really hurt someone if you kick them in the head. And I wouldn’t even have wanted it to be honest with you as it could have ruined the game.”

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