It’s one of those calls that divides opinions, but the Wexford man has our support here…
Wexford referee James Owens was central to discussions during and after the 2019 All-Ireland hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny.
In the 33rd minute of normal time, the Askamore clubman sent off Kilkenny star Richie Hogan. Tipperary, who defeated Wexford by two points in the All-Ireland semi-final, would also emerge victorious in the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.
You can watch the incident here:
Hogan, who would have played a pivotal part in Kilkenny’s battle for glory, has protested his innocence from day one. Just this week, he spoke to Off The Ball and continued to highlight his dismay at Owens’ decision:
“I was going in for a shoulder on Cathal Barrett, he stepped inside and my momentum took me through. In my opinion, there was absolutely no way it was a sending-off,” he told ‘Off The Ball’.
“I was complaining about getting a yellow card, because it was one of those clearly accidental, honest challenges. I just assumed that he had taken the wrong card, to be honest with you.”
Owens’ major decision has been deemed the correct one by the Central Hearings Committee. Richie Hogan will serve a one-match ban during Kilkenny’s first game of the Allianz National Hurling League.