'I was proud to have never been sent off'

April 17, 2024

Referee Conor Lane red cards Brian Fenton of Dublin ©INPHO/James Crombie

Brian Fenton has spoken of his frustration at being sent off for the first time in his career.

The seven-time All-Ireland SFC winning midfielder served a one-match suspension against Meath last Sunday after his appeal against the straight red card he received against Derry in the Allianz Football League final floundered.

The Raheny clubman sought the appeal on the basis of having never been sent off at club or inter-county level before.

"I was proud of that, I was proud to be a player that had never been sent off," Fenton told RTÉ.

"It was more (a case of) appealing on that side. I know for sure it shouldn't and won't happen again - I can say that now and I'll be in the thick of it in an All-Ireland semi-final or something.

"No straight red, no two yellows in one game, nothing. And that was part of the plea, good behaviour. It just has never been part of my game.

"Look, in retrospect, there will be that asterisk against my name. But I don't think I will be too ashamed of it down the line. It's not the worst thing that has been done on a Gaelic pitch, I suppose.

"We had a look at it and thought appealing it would be a good exercise, but obviously the CCCC and that committee just chose to uphold it, which is fair enough, I was disappointed obviously but you just have to respect it and move on."

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