Monday 5 December 2016

Colm Parkinson: Sneaky sledging not an issue but aggressive version a blight on GAA

Colm Parkinson

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Maurice Deegan (left) – here chatting to referee Joe McQuillan and Donegal boss Rory Gallagher last Sunday – says sledging is hard for officials to police
Maurice Deegan (left) – here chatting to referee Joe McQuillan and Donegal boss Rory Gallagher last Sunday – says sledging is hard for officials to police

Sledging is part and parcel of sport, not just the GAA, and is very difficult to eradicate. Experienced referee Maurice Deegan was on the show recently and he explained how hard it is to police and I agree to a certain extent.

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In my experience playing and from watching games now there are two types of sledging.

First there is the 'sneaky sledger', usually a corner-back, who talks to his opponent throughout the game.

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