course they were, sure he had a day to go through it.
this train has left the station, but lets compare and contrast the Ryan Burns incident on TSG and Connolly's. They dont even have the excuse to say "sure that was a qualifier on a saturday night and it wasnt live on RTE TV" as neither was the Dublin/Carlow match. In fact three players were sent off for louth in that match. Had that happened for Dublin... well, we know. It's not an excuse/explanation to say "ah but thats little louth and dublin are a bigger team aiming at the end of the championship" because that is hypocracy.
and even then, he could ahve said - "look he was fustrated, annoyed, and thats what he did - it'll be interesting to see whats in the match report as there was no action taken by either referee or linesman and he is a very experianced referee in his own right"
but, no. Spillanne chose deliberatly what tack he was going to take, and how far he was going to take it.