Aidan O’Shea looks set to avoid sanction for his pitch incursion at the end of normal time in last Saturday night’s All-Ireland semi-final, clearing the way for his participation in next month’s final with Kerry or Tyrone, according to the Irish Independent.
O’Shea, who had been substituted by then but spent the closing minutes of the match standing on the sideline, became involved in an altercation with Dublin substitute Philly McMahon, and others, raising the possibility that it was an unauthorised incursion.
However, it’s clear from replays that O’Shea entered the field after referee Conor Lane had blown for full-time. In that scenario, an incursion by a substituted player would not be considered unauthorised.
However, the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) could yet examine incidents involving Dublin defenders James McCarthy and John Small.
Small’s challenge on Eoghan McLaughlin, which resulted in jaw surgery for the Westport player on Sunday, could come under scrutiny, while James McCarthy was captured on camera swinging back and catching Diarmuid O’Connor just as the referee was calling time at the end of normal time.