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Solan backs Flynn after red card

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WALKING TO THE LINE Mayo’s Jordan Flynn is helped off the field by Mayo selector Michael Conroy as referee Niall Cullen shows the red card. Pic: Sportsfile

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MAYO manager Mike Solan has defended midfielder Jordan Flynn after his red card in the closing stages of last Sunday’s All-Ireland Under-20 football final.
The Crossmolina teenager was given his marching orders in the 60th minute for pushing referee Niall Cullen twice after the Fermanagh official had awarded a free against Mayo as they chased the game.
He looks set to receive a suspension of 12 weeks as a result.
Speaking to The Mayo News after Mayo’s 1-18 to 1-16 defeat to Kildare in Croke Park, Solan admitted that Flynn had done wrong.
However, he said that Mayo would fully support the ‘heartbroken’ 19 year-old.
“Obviously Jordan has interfered with an official there,” said Solan. “From Jordan’s point of view; he’s a young lad, he’s probably just had a little bit of a flash there and he’s interfered with the official.
“Jordan knows he’s done wrong. We know that Jordan’s done wrong. He’s a young lad and people make mistakes. We’re going to help Jordan and obviously support him in any way we can.
“Jordan doesn’t need anyone to tell him that he’s made an error, he’s absolutely heartbroken.”
Flynn had been one of Mayo’s most impressive performers in their run to the All-Ireland Final, but now faces an anxious wait for the referee’s match report to be received by GAA authorities, and the disciplinary process to commence.
The GAA official guide states that ‘minor physical interference’ with a match official which includes ‘laying a hand on, pushing, pulling or jostling’ is punishable with a suspension at least 12 weeks. 

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