'If I was Stephen O'Brien, I wouldn't even be sweating'

August 12, 2019

Kerry's Stephen O'Brien shakes hands with manager Peter Keane after he was shown a black card. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Oisin McConville has no doubt in his mind that Stephen O'Brien will be cleared to play in the All-Ireland SFC final.

The Kerry star is facing the prospect of being suspended for the September 1 showdown with Dublin after picking up his third black card of the season for pulling down Connor McAliskey in the closing stages of yesterday's win over Tyrone, but McConville noted on RTE Radio 1 this morning how a precedent has been already been set this season by Tyrone's Peter Harte who had one of his three black cards overturned.

"You look at Peter Harte’s situation and he got a black card that appeared harsh rescinded. I was in Navan last week, and even when it happened, the black card seemed very harsh," he said.

"If I was Stephen O’Brien, I wouldn’t even be sweating. I think there’s no question he won’t be playing in an All-Ireland final."

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