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GAA President slams Sunday Game: 'Nasty and disrespectful' comments are dangerous

Published 04/06/2015 | 02:30

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and (inset) Spillane and Brolly
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and (inset) Spillane and Brolly

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail has slammed RTÉ’s disrespectful coverage on 'The Sunday Game' and he fears that a dangerous precedent has been set.

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Ó Fearghail made reference to the panel's "negative analysis" of Monaghan's win over Cavan as well as the "disgraceful way" that London were treated on a recent programme.

The Cavan native, who is in his first year as president, made reference to a comparison made by panellist Pat Spillane between Donegal's defence and the Taliban back in 2011.

"I think when you're disrespectful to individuals, you go over the edge," he said.

"I'm not saying RTÉ, I think anywhere that it happens. I dealt with it all my life as a teacher in the school playground. It's nasty. It's wrong.

"I have to say one aspect of that evening annoyed me because London were attacked in a disgraceful way as having no right to even be in it and nobody said anything.

"Fair enough, if you want to criticise but to be nasty and to be abusive and to use language to associate certain counties with the Taliban. That's not disrespectful, that's actually dangerous.

"The most dangerous force in the world today are the Taliban. To be associating anyone in GAA with that type of mentality, that's a type of mentality that builds and it becomes easy to say anything after that. I think that is dangerous and I don't accept it," he added.

Commenting on the analysis of the recent Ulster quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni Park, Ó Fearghail fumed: "We saw loads of hexagons and triangles and honours maths-type diagrams but all it proved to me was that the man did honours maths. I saw very little real analysis.

"Nobody was saying anything good and then they were all very upset because another individual had been called ugly but what about Cavan football which has made huge advances?"

Ó Fearghail also revealed that he is in favour of restructuring the championship but insisted that the power to make any changes lies with the Central Council.

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