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Whelan Changes Mind On Cooper Red Card As Brolly Sticks To Guns

Whelan Changes Mind On Cooper Red Card As Brolly Sticks To Guns

During RTÉ's half-time analysis of Sunday's All-Ireland final, both Ciaran Whelan and Joe Brolly were adamant that Jonny Cooper should not have been sent-off by referee David Gough just minutes earlier.

Cooper had picked up two yellow card due to persistent fouling of David Clifford.

Speaking on the Irish Independent's Throw-in podcast, Whelan - who on the day called it a "terrible decision" - said that he had changed his mind.

"When Clifford went out for the ball he used his body as any good forward does to push Cooper out," said Whelan.

I thought Cooper had made a genuine effort to get his hand in to try and block the ball.

But when you look back on it this morning and look at the replays, as Cooper is going down he does pull Clifford down with him so it's hard to argue with Gough's decision.

When Clifford went out for the ball he used his body as any good forward does to push Cooper out. I thought Cooper had made a genuine effort to get his hand in to try and block the ball.

I thought from Jonny Cooper’s perspective, for his game to finish based on what I thought were three relatively mild enough fouls [was harsh] but I suppose Gough was technically right.

Joe Brolly, however, is sticking to his stance from Sunday that it should have been a free out for Dublin.

"I thought that Clifford played the ref," Brolly told Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk on Monday evening.

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"He anchored his right leg, shifted his weight to the right-side, he stretched his right arm across - it was a clear bodycheck for me.

"It forced Jonny Cooper to come around him and as soon as Jonny reached for him, he went down. That's what I thought at the time and that's what I think watching it today.

"I had no issue whatsoever with the first yellow card - I thought it was a very clear yellow card. My issue was, first of all with the penalty, and then with the red card."

Asked by presenter Tim Moynihan if he thought there had been persistent fouling by Jonny Cooper, Brolly responded: "If Jonny Cooper's on the field, there's persistent fouling."

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