No, he shouldn’t. Not with the horrendous disciplinary record that Kerry have, especially in the league, where all this “laying down a marker” and “standing up for yourself” shtye is not under the same scrutiny that champo games in the summer are.
Before last years league final, there was a stat released that broke down the black cards given, per county, since its inception. Kerry were way, way ahead of us, on that front, even though we played more games than them. Only conclusion you can draw from that, is that Fitzmaurice is deliberately encouraging his players to act the hard man. Why else would their disciplinary record be so poor?
Or is it bad coaching of the tackle, or young Kerry players over zealous in laying a claim to the jersey? Maybe, to a degree. But either way, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to give any of them a free pass to do what they did to Regan, or be in a hurry to exonerate the culprit.
Kerry were embarrassed by Mayo last summer & this was their way to restore some pride. Fat lot of good it’ll do them in the summer, if half their squad are seeing the line before half time. We’ll see, I suppose…