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“Soft is being kind to it really” John Cleary on Cork’s sending off/performance against Dublin

Cork boss John Cleary discusses Ian Maguire’s sending-off and his side’s performance against Dublin in the league

Cork boss John Cleary discusses Ian Maguire’s sending off and his side’s performance against Dublin.

Cork boss John Cleary feels that the championship will be refereed differently to their league clash with Dublin.

The capital came away from Leeside with two points after David O’Hanlon’s late save from a rasping Brian Hurley shot.

During the course of the game, Laois whistle Seamus Mulhare brandished 10 yellow cards and two red, with Ian Maguire of Cork and the Dubs’ Lee Gannon both sent off for two bookings.

“Soft is being kind to it,” Cleary said. “If those type of things are going to go on to the championship, I wouldn’t think that referee will get many games up in the north, if you are going to get sending offs like that.

“And both of them were fierce harsh altogether. I don’t know was there a new rule in today or whatever, they didn’t seem to me like any sending offs.

“When the championship starts, it will be blood and thunder.

“Every game at the start of the league, there is soft cards and soft sending offs, and that was it today.

“Some of the decisions were a bit bizarre on both sides. I wouldn’t be blaming the referee for the defeat.”

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