Most commentators / pundits seem to be at least hedging their bets on it, even after replays. If the dive in at Mannion with hands around him, pushing him backwards, isn’t a penalty (and it obviously is), then the footblock is. Out the field, if a player is kicking the ball, you can’t intercept the ball with your foot and block the kicking leg.
But it is symptomatic of how rules are treated. If there is debate over something as blatant as that, there is no hope.
I don’t think it us a sign of how rules are treated, I simply believe these people just dont want to accept what they see, there is no way anybody could say it wasnt a peno once they had seen the replay. I dont know if these pundits are anti dub or just feel they are talking to an anti dub public, but even debating wheher it was a peno or not is down right stupid, I mean IMO Philly’s one on Cavanagh was clear and nobody argued it, yet the one on Mannion was even clearer and these fools argue it.
Tyrone’s 3rd or 4th point (trying to remember who scored it), but as he was running back out and caught up with Jamsie ahead of the kickout to follow, it looks like he gives Jamsie a full-on dig in the stomach.
At the risk of annoying our Northeren posters, Tiernan McCann after his point sprinted out after Kilkenny and boxed him straight in the guts. Eagle eyed (neutral) old timer beside me on the day saw it happen. When I watched the game back TV actually caught it, but Dessie Dolan wouldn’t be a great man for adding value like that for the viewer.
I don’t think it’s an anti-Dub thing but more an anti-best team thing where within reason anything can be explained or rationalised as part of ‘taking the game to them’. The Cats got a fair bit of it, being able to take it in your stride is a sign of greatness.
You saw it with Cluxton this year where nobody seemed to care about the tackle, as if it was expected that someone would try leave a bit on him.
, jesus Bernard Flynn is some dose . Adamant it wasn’t a penalty . Went on & on about it when it was clear as day totally disregarding McCann poleaxing Mannion . And the 5 of them at half time saying it was the wrong call too .
Currently watching it back here. Johnny Cooper was superb for the second goal. Won a free when surrounded by 3 players and refused to allow them to slow him taking the quick free to Scully. Pushed them out of the way and sent us on our way to goal