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Farcical Nature Of David Clifford Red Card Against Tyrone Causes Anger

Farcical Nature Of David Clifford Red Card Against Tyrone Causes Anger

Tyrone defeated Kerry 0-14 to 0-13 at Edendork in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams finished the game with 14 players after Peter Harte and later David Clifford were shown red cards.

The Clifford incident, in particular, was contentious. It came after the Kerry captain was shown his second yellow card of the game.

After grappling with Tyrone substitute Ben McDonnell, Clifford was dragged to the ground and held his arms aloft to signal he had no interest in a fight. McDonnell had only entered the action six minutes earlier.

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Despite Clifford's efforts, after referee Fergal Kelly consulted with his umpires, the Kerry forward was booked for the second occasion. Tyrone led 0-12 to 0-10 at the time with just four minutes of normal time to play.

It was a moment which raised anger. The referee had taken the easy and most common option which faced with such a situation: book both players.

"My take on it was that it wasn't a yellow card," said Kerry manager Peter Keane on BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound.

"He was on a yellow card from earlier and he was probably easy pickings to give two yellow cards to."

Pictures: Sportsfile

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