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Friday 29 August 2014

Codd never one to back away from controversy

Published 20/04/2013 | 05:00

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WEXFORD hurler Paul Codd has represented his county for more than a decade and has won an all-Ireland senior medal.

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But he also went head to head with the GAA over its attitude to sponsorship.

The former Wexford captain first joined the senior hurling panel at the end of 1994 and went on to win an All-Ireland SHC medal in 1996 when he came on as a sub in the final against Limerick.

He became embroiled in controversy in 2003 when he agreed to line out in Croke Park with the Paddy Power logo on his hurley.

The row flared after bookmaker Paddy Power sponsored three players.

It raised the prospect of suspension, but Codd said he was "not one bit worried".

He also took a swipe at the GAA for its tough-talking stance on the issue, describing officials as "tinkers and rogues".

Codd later accepted his description of the GAA as "tinkers and rogues" was over the top.

"I didn't mean to call them tinkers," he said.

Irish Independent

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