Power backs DRA ruling

11 August 2017

Waterford's Tadhg de Burca and TJ Reid of Kilkenny.
©INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

Richie Power believes the DRA have taken the right course of action by upholding Tadhg de Búrca’s one-match ban.

The Waterford sweeper will now miss Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork after his bid to have the red card he received for interfering with the faceguard of Wexford's Harry Kehoe in last month's quarter-final rescinded floundered in the early hours of this morning.

In his column for RTE, former Kilkenny star Power wrote: "I believe the correct decision has been reached and whether you agree with the rule or not, it should at least be respected.

"The bottom line is that if the rule is there, it has to be applied.

"I saw the incident at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and I fully thought it was a red card. Tellingly, there was no reaction from Tadhg when he received his marching orders. There was no arguing with the referee because I think he knew he was wrong as soon as the incident happened. It was heat-of-the-moment stuff.

"The problem with overturning the appeal would have been that it would leave the door open for other players going forward that loopholes can be found within the rule book. If that’s the case, why do we even have rules?

"The longer the case dragged out, the more likely I thought it was that the appeal would be successful, but the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) has stood firm and that will seriously dent Waterford's chances of victory over Cork on Sunday."