Friday 22 September 2017

'It was obvious a section of supporters tried to upset Andy Moran' - Roscommon condemn fans who booed Mayo star

Andy Moran of Mayo in action against Sean Mullooly, left, and David Murray, 4, of Roscommon
Andy Moran of Mayo in action against Sean Mullooly, left, and David Murray, 4, of Roscommon
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The Roscommon players and management team have condemned the fans that booed Mayo's Andy Moran during last Sunday's drawn All-Ireland quarter-final between the sides.

Moran plays for Ballaghaderreen, which competes in the Mayo championship while being based just across the border in Roscommon. The former All Star kicked two points for Stephen Rochford's men in the 1-12 to 2-9 draw but was booed consistently until he was substituted after 58 minutes.

The behaviour of some of the Roscommon supporters has drawn a negative reaction from many pundits including RTE commentator Martin Carney, and the team have no released a statement condemning the abuse.

"Roscommon Senior Football management and players would like to publicly thank the many Roscommon supporters who travelled to Croke Park yesterday to support them," the statement says.

"During the game, it was obvious that a section of Roscommon supporters tried to upset Andy Moran by booing him while on or near the ball.

"The Roscommon players and management do not condone this behavior from any set of fans but especially our own and believe it has no place in Gaelic games or indeed any sport.

"We strongly urge all supporters to please refrain from booing any player.

"We as a team have a value set and we always try and play the game in a sporting manner and expect our supporters to support in a similar manner. Thank you for your continued support."

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