RTÉ Sport's Darren Frehill has reason to believe that the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) is unhappy with referee James Owens' handling of the Austin Gleeson helmet pull on Cork's Luke Meade.
In Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final between Waterford and Cork, images of Gleeson's infraction were circulated almost immediately. Speaking on that evening's Sunday Game, Kilkenny's Eddie Brennan believed the evidence was 'conclusive.'
However, James Owens' impression of the incident at first-hand suggested that it was accidental, and that there was nothing in it. He remained pleased with the officiating displayed.This decision ultimately tied the hands of the CCCC, and Frehill reported on RTÉ Radio this morning that they are reportedly unhappy with not being able to investigate the video evidence, and talk to the central figures involved.
Believing that Gleeson had a 'case to answer' but not necessarily seeking to hand out any sanction, Owens' decision has ultimately denied them the opportunity to act.
It is the GAA's disciplinary process - rather than any individuals involved - that will be under an increasing level of scrutiny in light of this latest development. Waterford, who ran out 4-19 to 0-20 winners on Sunday will face Galway in the All-Ireland decider on September 3rd. With one Gleeson cleared to play, the Deise are now looking to free up the Conor also.