CHC Ruled The Alleged Infraction By Paul Mannion Could Not Be Proven
Paul Mannion is available for selection for Dublin for this Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi final against Kildare as his proposed one game ban was overturned at a Central Hearings Committee meeting last night.
Two time All-Star Mannion was shown a straight red card in the 25th minute of Dublin’s quarter final hammering of Louth for a tackle on Conal McKeever.
The Kilmacud Crokes man looked genuinely shocked at his dismissal and Dublin manager Jim Gavin speaking after the game to DUBStv stated he was disappointed and didn’t think it was a red card and thought even a yellow card would have been a harsh decision they would have a look at it.
"My initial reaction was that it wasn't a red card".
— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) May 26, 2019
When the incident was reviewed on the Sunday Game it was clear it was a shoulder to shoulder challenge. Dublin requested a hearing to appeal the one-game suspension and that was heard last night.
The CHC ruled that the alleged infraction of “behaving in a way which is dangerous to an opponent” could not be proven.
The CHC comes in for some harsh criticism at times but for Dublin and Paul Mannion common sense prevailed for what was a wrong decision in the first place.
Although as per usual on social media the news hasn’t gone down well with those outside of the Capital with the now sleep inducing ‘one rule for the Dubs’ quotes’ doing the rounds.
Of course there were not the same out poring of disgust or calls for Niall Morgan’s yellow card to be upgraded after his dangerous tackle on Paddy Andrews which resulted in the St Brigids man suffering a broken jaw.
Anyway it will be of no concern to Jim Gavin or Dublin what’s being spewed on social media, they head to GAA headquarters on Sunday aiming to secure their place in the Leinster Final for the ninth year in a row with their hand further strengthened with the availability of Paul Mannion.