Owen Mulligan: GAA punishment for Donie Smith incident is a cop out

Tyrone legend Owen Mulligan wants a three-month ban for gouging and looks ahead to Mayo’s visit to Omagh…


A one-match ban for Donie Smith is just not good enough.

If you strike with the head or kick someone you could get three months. To do what Smith did was a bad act.

It’s probably one of the worst things you can do in GAA, along with spitting. To do what he did and only get a one-game suspension is a cop out from the GAA committee.

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I know it’s only the start of the National League and you don’t want to be handing out hefty bans, but it’s definitely a bad, bad offence.

It didn’t look good on the television for a start on the first Nation League game of the season. I know Roscommon and Mayo are rivals, but you have to respect your opponents. You can be hard, but fair.

If the GAA had given Smith a healthy ban, it would stamp out that kind of behaviour.

The suspension Smith received sends the wrong message to players and youngsters. It can’t go on as it stands, gouging should be a three-month ban offence.

Trying times for Tyrone when Mayo come to town

Tyrone weren’t good enough against Kerry. Their forwards and movement didn’t cut it, and they looked as if they lacked hunger.

This Mayo outfit are coming up to Omagh with a new manager, they’re full of running and they dogged out a massive result against one of their biggest rivals.

They’ll relish the challenge of trying to beat Tyrone away.

It’s a very tough game and I hope Mickey Harte makes changes in the inside forward line.

If Niall Sludden doesn’t play up the middle Tyrone seem to suffer from that. Mickey Harte will know that Mayo are our bogey team.

Horan could be the hero to end Mayo’s long wait

James Horan must see something in Mayo that one else can see.

He must feel that something is coming there, those players are another two or three years older from when he last had them.

They’ve had unbelievable setbacks and have shown great character to keep coming back. He must still think he can do a job with them.

He’s taken some time out, he’s probably regrouped and come back with new ideas.

He’s confident in his own ability and they were really close to winning a couple of All-Irelands under him before, so if there is a man to do it, he is the man.

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