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Brian Lohan Absolutely Seethes Over Extraordinary Penalty Decision

Brian Lohan Absolutely Seethes Over Extraordinary Penalty Decision

Brian Lohan's anger following Clare's defeat to Tipperary in the Munster Hurling Championship just bubbled under the surface as he spoke to RTÉ after the game.

"Do I need to mention what everyone is talking about?" said Lohan.

What everyone was talking about was James Owens's decision to award Tipperary a penalty early in the second half, a judgment which also saw Clare's Aidan McCarthy spend 10 minutes in the sin bin.

With Clare leading by two points, Owens adjudged that McCarthy had denied Tipp's Jake Morris a goalscoring opportunity, even though he was fouled near the sideline just inside the 20m line.

Owens applied a new rule which was only introduced earlier this year to deal with cynical play in hurling. Jason Forde scored the penalty for Tipperary.

Clare manager Brian Lohan on James Owens penalty decision

"I didn't get any information to explain the decision," said the Clare manager.

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"I could just see what happened with my own eyes.

"The boos at the end from the crowd is a reflection of what did happen. We're just stunned with it."

Lohan said he had no problem with the rule.

"But, sure, the rule is OK," said Lohan.

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"It's the interpretation, that is the issue. The rule is there for both teams. I have no problem with the rule.

"I had a quick look at it there on video, and we had more than one defender back.

"I'd say he's the only person in the ground who thought that it was a goalscoring opportunity."

During the 10 minutes in which McCarthy was on the sideline, Tipperary outscored Clare 2-4 to 0-2, and went on to win the game by four points.

"Against any opposition, particularly a forward line like Tipperary, if you go down to 14 men, they'll hurt you and do damage," said Lohan.

"Serious reservations about the refereeing decision. We want a bit of fair play, and we didn't get that today.

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"James Owens was involved with a decision with us last year. David McInerney, he was the only player sent off in the championship last year, and James Owens called that. It's very frustrating."

Asked if he had any sympathy for James Owens, Lohan said: "I wouldn't, no".

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