Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Waterford’s Conor Gleeson and Patrick Horgan of Cork leave the field after their red cards in the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park. Photo: Inpho.

Waterford defender, Conor Gleeson, will miss the All-Ireland SHC Final with Galway after the appeal to the CHC last night, against the red card he picked up in the semi-final win over Cork, failed and this morning Déise manager, Derek McGrath, confirmed to the Irish Examiner that they would no be taking the matter any further.

“We spoke in advance of the hearing last night and we spoke about possible outcomes in advance, and I won’t say we’ve exhausted every outcome, but we’ve made a decision as a management – and player – to leave it at that now. That’s basically it. We’re concentrating on the game as such.”

“We accept that (DRA appeal for de Burca case), but I’d have spoken to Conor about the different circumstances, there are different circumstances with each case.

“The loco parentis issue, the duty of care – I was up with his mother yesterday and they’re very supportive of the stance we felt we should take, which is to go to the first hearing, see how that goes, and our approach then was to get the red reduced to a yellow in terms of the infraction.

“When that wasn’t going to be successful as a result of last night, we felt it was a case of a different scenario to what Tadhg faced. That was the reasoning behind it, rather than a duty of care to the layers.

“The (notification) infraction only came in the post last Wednesday evening, so we had discussed it beforehand with Conor and the county secretary, Pat Flynn, in terms of an appeal or not. We felt it was worth an appeal but it was a different set of circumstances in terms of the incident.

“Our argument was based on downgrading from red to yellow, that was our approach; we were unsuccessful in that and while we’re disappointed for Conor – he’s gutted, himself – there’s no scenario where Tadhg got treatment in going to the DRA that Conor isn’t getting. Each circumstance is its own entity.”

Saying Gleeson was resigned after the incident (“Yeah, he was,”), McGrath added: “He’s a massive loss to us. He performed key roles in the last three or four games. He did well on Richie Hogan against Kilkenny, did well on Shane Dooley and Joe Bergin against Offaly, against Conor McDonald with Wexford and on Conor Lehane the last day.

“He’s been assigned key tasks, so he’s a very significant loss.

“Tadhg was always going to come back into the team no matter what the scenario, whether Conor was playing or not. It shakes it up a bit in terms of our approach.”

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