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Barry Kelly: GAA should order club final replay, not put onus on Glen to appeal

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Former referee Barry Kelly has called on the GAA to make a decision around the controversial All-Ireland club football final rather than waiting for Glen Watty Grahams or Kilmacud Crokes to react.It emerged after Kilmacud's two-point victory at Croke Park on Sunday that the Dublin side had had an extra man for the closing seconds, after Dara Mullin stayed on the pitch despite his number being called for substitution.Having 16 players on the field is a breach of Rule 6.44, the penalties for which include the awarding of the game to the opposing team, for the game to be replayed, or a fine.The rule states that a review of potential infractions of this rule can be instigated by appeal or an "inquiry by the committee in charge" but so far the Central Competitions Control Committee appear to be leaving the initiative in the hands of Glen.The Derry and Ulster champions have yet to make a final decision, despite manager Malachy O'Rourke suggesting in the aftermath that they would accept the result.Four-time All-Ireland hurling final referee Kelly suggested a replay would be the fairest option and that the authorities had to take the matter in hand."It some ways it's a typical GAA reaction to a GAA issue because it looks like the onus is nearly on Glen to appeal this," he told RTÉ Sport."Maybe they are hoping Kilmacud will offer a replay.

I have my doubts that will happen."That’s not how it should work. The CCCC or whoever should look at this and decide if there is a case to answer, and there does seem to be a straightforward case that the player who was due to go off was a significant impediment to Conor Glass."The player due to go off was on the goal-line and it [a shot from Glass] very nearly went in.

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