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Dr Crokes Believe They Have Footage To Clear Johnny Buckley

Dr Crokes Believe They Have Footage To Clear Johnny Buckley

Dr Crokes are likely to appeal the red card shown to Johnny Buckley during his side's All-Ireland semi-final win against Mullinaghta at the weekend.

The midfielder was sent-off 20 minutes into the game following an off the ball incident. On TG4, there were no replays to show what exactly occurred.

Crokes selector Niall O'Callaghan said following the game that he had been told by the broadcaster that they did not have footage showing what happened - he hoped their own cameraman would.

Speaking on Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk on Monday night, O'Callaghan's fellow selector Edmund O'Sullivan confirmed their camera did capture the incident.

"We've looked at some footage that we have ourselves and it just seems to be a coming together of the Mullinaghta player and Johnny and they both fall on the ground," said O'Sullivan.

There doesn't seem to be any striking in it. We'll see where the club go with that but it looks like we'll appeal it.

"It was a huge blow losing Johnny because he's one of the best players in the county at club level," continued O'Sullivan.

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"He's a super player, it's not only his skills but his work rate and leadership.

"When he went down, David Shaw came out around the middle of the park because he played there for The Sem [St. Brendan's College, Killarney] when they won a colleges All-Ireland.

"We knew he could play there and Brian Looney went into the middle third as well - he covered a pile of ground. The boys just stepped up, they knew what was on the line."

Dr Crokes play reigning All-Ireland champions Corofin in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day.

Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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