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Published: 11:07 | 2/2/16

No blame for Keegan call - Moran

Mayo captain played on after collision

One of the GAA's leading experts on concussion is unwilling to assign blame for the decision to leave Lee Keegan on the field after clashing heads with Cork's Eoin Cadogan.

Following his collision with Cadogan during Cork's National Football League victory, the Mayo captain was left in the fray for 10 further minutes.

Keegan, who will miss this weekend's clash with Dublin, ought to have substituted immediately after the incident, says Donegal team doctor Kevin Moran.

“Obviously, in retrospect, the player should have been taken off immediately,” Dr Moran, a consultant surgeon to the GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee, told the The Irish Times. "(There is) no question about that.

"Once the Cork player was taken off immediately and the Mayo player wasn’t, I suppose it highlighted it even more."

However, Moran does not believe that any criticism should be pointed the way of Mayo team doctor Sean Moffatt or referee Maurice Deegan.

"I only saw it on television but it seemed to me clearly that Lee Keegan did not want to leave the field," continued the Donegal medic. "You could see him protesting both with Sean Moffatt and with Maurice Deegan.

“Again, it’s easy to be wise in retrospect but, in that situation, Sean should have gone to the manager and said, ‘I’m not happy, the player needs to come off the field.’ And then it becomes the manager’s responsibility. Those are the guidelines from Croke Park.

“There is no question in my mind here of Sean Moffatt having been negligent - absolutely none. His major concern has always been player welfare. I have huge sympathy for him, and there but for the grace of God go all of us who are team doctors.

"He came out and put his hands up and said he should have taken him off. I think that was very honest and honourable of him to do that.”

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