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Daithi Regan Reveals The Real Reason Joe Canning Was Booked Against Dublin

Daithi Regan Reveals The Real Reason Joe Canning Was Booked Against Dublin
By Conor Neville
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There was some criticism of Brian Gavin's decision to hand a yellow card to both Alan Nolan and Joe Canning during Galway's easy victory over Dublin in the Tullamore replay.

Canning had just batted home his first and Galway's fourth goal as the westerners conclusively put the game to bed early in the second half.

After Nolan barged into Canning, the Galway full forward dragged Nolan to the ground and as the pair wrestled Conal Keaney came in and jabbed at Canning with the hurl as he lay on the ground. Keaney received no yellow card.

There was some mystification at the booking for Canning - given that he appeared to be the victim in the incident.


But Daithi Regan revealed on Off the Ball tonight that Canning wasn't in fact booked for dragging Nolan to the ground.

Gavin told his fellow Offaly man that he booked Canning for sledging.

Immediately after scoring the goal, Canning celebrated in Keaney's face. It was this, according to Regan's account of his conversation with Gavin, that saw Canning booked and not the grappling on the ground.


Interestingly, Brian Gavin mentioned to me after the Galway-Dublin game when he booked Joe Canning, he said, 'no-one knows why I booked Joe Canning. It wasn't for throwing the goalkeeper to the ground. It was for sledging.

At the time, co-commentator Liam Sheedy was disinclined to read too much into the incident. Canning, he said, merely 'let a yep out of him'.

What do we reckon? Does roaring 'Yes' in someone's face even constitute sledging?



Read more: James Horan Was Not Impressed With Galway's Style Of Play Against Mayo

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