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People's Opinions Split Over Red Card Given To Tyrone's Kieran McGeary

People's Opinions Split Over Red Card Given To Tyrone's Kieran McGeary

Galway ran out comfortable winners in their Allianz National Football League game against Tyrone in Tuam this afternoon, but the result was heavily influenced by a the visiting team having two players sent off over the course of the 70 minutes.

There was little debate about the dismissal of Frank Burns in the second half after two yellow cards, but some people have been split over the straight red given to Kieran McGeary in the opening period.

The Tyrone man attempted to shoulder the ball carrier, but mistimed the challenge and caught him with a heavy blow into the jaw. Referee Conor Lane showed little hesitation in showing him the red card, much to McGeary's frustration.

It looked a very poor challenge.

Despite this, some claimed there was no way McGeary should have received his marching orders for the 'shoulder':

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However, others said there was no doubt that the decision to send him off was a correct one.

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While some may argue that McGeary did not intend to make contact in such an aggressive manner, that isn't really the point.

There is no doubt that he endangered his opponent via his own recklessness. With the GAA attempting to cut out any potentially dangerous high tackles, this one is a red card 100 per cent of the time, regardless of intent.

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Gary Connaughton

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