Gaelic Football

Saturday 26 July 2014

Cavanagh feels like 'Balotelli of the GAA' after TV pundits accuse All Star of diving

Donnchadh Boyle

Published 19/06/2014|02:30

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Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh says he feels like 'the Mario Balotelli of the GAA' after coming under criticism again from Joe Brolly. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh says he feels like 'the Mario Balotelli of the GAA' after coming under criticism again from Joe Brolly. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Sean cavanagh laughed that he feels like the "Mario Balotelli of the GAA" after being accused of diving by TV pundits.

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In the aftermath of Tyrone's one-point defeat to Monaghan, Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane agreed that Cavanagh was guilty of trying to con the referee through what Brolly described as the "dispiriting sight" of the Moy man "diving to the ground" while seemingly dragging the tackler down with him.

Cavanagh was involved in incidents that saw two Monaghan players black- carded and another shown a yellow late in the Ulster quarter-final clash, while he might have picked up a black card himself.

It's the second time in less than a year that Cavanagh has been criticised by Brolly and he referenced the Italian footballer's famous 'Why always me' t-shirt when quizzed on the Derry man's latest comments.

But he denied any wrong doing and insisted he would be disappointed to be considered that type of player.

"Obviously, I've been here before and I'm beginning to feel a little bit like Mario Balotelli" the former Footballer of the Year smiled.

"Whenever you slow these tackles down to a millisecond, you can read into it. The way I felt at the time was that Darren came in hard and no matter what the outcome was going to be, it was going to be a free to us in the first place.

"Possibly, I know he had maybe his left arm around me on the other side so, ok, I was maybe holding his arm. It's not something you do...

"I would never try to cheat to win a free in my life, it's more that whenever someone is coming at you at speed and you're falling, it's like a protection mechanism. It gives you a loose elbow or whatever you get when you're falling.

"These things happen so quickly it's very hard to put your finger on why it happened in any position, but to read an assumption into that that I was trying to cheat. It's really disappointing because I don't see myself as that type of player and I wouldn't like to be seen as that type of player."

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