Was Paul Mannion’s Red Card Harsh? Jim Gavin Thinks So


The Dublin Manager gives his view on the sending off of Paul Mannion during last night’s Leinster Quarter Final against Louth

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Dublin’s Paul Mannion leaves the field after a straight red card was issued in the 26th minute

While Dublin methodically turned the screw over Louth in last night Leinster football championship opener in Portlaoise, it had very few flash points. But the one everyone has been talking about since the end of the game was the dismissal of Paul Mannion in the 26th minute.

And in his comments after their win, Dublin manager Jim Gavin gave his thought’s suggesting that Dublin will appeal the decision which would see Mannion suspended.

Mannion connected with Conal McKeever in a tackle, from which he had won the ball. While the collision did seem high, there was absolutely no intent or malice. It’s simply not the character of Mannion. But controversially, Mayo referee Jerome Henry deemed the challenge reckless and showed Mannion a straight red card.

“My first thoughts on it having seen it live, I thought he tackled him and the ball just popped up,” Gavin told the42.ie.

“Certainly from my perspective, it didn’t warrant a red card. Possibly a yellow.”

“Paul’s a strong guy. He’s a big man. He’s six-two. I thought the Louth player crouched a little bit, which probably didn’t help him. But the Louth guy got up and played on. But my initial reaction is it’s certainly not a red card.”

Referee’s decision possibly not his first error of judgement

It’s not the first time Jerome Henry has been involved in controversy in a Dublin game. Earlier this year the Mayo man was in charge of Dublin’s defeat to Tyrone in the National League.

In the 48th minute of the game Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan blind sided Paddy Andrews with a crunching high tackle. The result of the tackle was Andrews being substituted and brought straight to the emergency room for treatment of what transpired to be a jaw fracture. Henry’s decision was to show Morgan only a yellow card for this challenge so it’s a wonder what the referee saw in Mannion’s challenge on McKeever yesterday.

“The Louth player got up afterwards and played on, unlike Paddy Andrews.” Gavin commented.

“He didn’t and he broke a jaw. They were completely different tackles. Paul got the ball first, probably braced himself.”