Tuesday 26 September 2017

RTE pundit clarifies claim that Philly McMahon 'deserved to be elbowed'

Philip McMahon of Dublin holds his face after a clash with Cillian O'Connor of Mayo
Philip McMahon of Dublin holds his face after a clash with Cillian O'Connor of Mayo
Frank Roche

Frank Roche

BERNARD FLYNN has sought to clarify his weekend radio claim that Philly McMahon deserved to be elbowed.

The RTÉ pundit reiterated his stance that Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor should have been sent off for the incident that left the Dublin All Star defender on the Croke Park turf during their NFL Division 1 clash.

Flynn was quizzed on RTÉ’s ‘Game On’ after his original radio comments, on Saturday night, sparked some angry reaction from Dublin supporters.

“I actually said straight away it was a straight red,” he recounted. “In passing I said that Philly might have deserved one or two elbows – any good corner-back that was doing his job properly over the years always would have deserved a little elbow or two.

“So that was it, that was the context. Philly himself even acknowledged that last night. No issue, he’s well able to handle himself there, and he was absolutely brilliant the other night.”

The Meath legend had followed up on Sunday by tweeting a tongue-in-cheek apology to Dubs, adding: “What l meant was 1 or 2 dozen (elbows).”

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