Tuesday 17 October 2017

Tipp stand by exclusion of Logan from dressing-room after U-21 final

Tyrone U-21s manager Feargal Logan was not allowed access to the Tipperary dressing room in the aftermath of Saturday night’s All-Ireland final
Tyrone U-21s manager Feargal Logan was not allowed access to the Tipperary dressing room in the aftermath of Saturday night’s All-Ireland final
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Tipperary are standing by their decision not to permit Tyrone U-21 football manager Feargal Logan access to their dressing-room to address their players in the aftermath of Saturday night's All-Ireland final.

Tipperary Football Board chairman Joe Hannigan defended the move against Logan who has expressed disappointment that a long-standing tradition could not be honoured.

Hannigan said there is "no need" to make contact with Logan and, as far as he and his board are concerned, the matter is over.

"As far as we were concerned, our manager Tommy Toomey waited for Feargal Logan on the side of the pitch to have a word with him,"said Hannigan.

"He shook his hand, congratulated him, wished him well. Tommy did his part. We didn't want a situation where something might be said. It would have done no good for him to come in 20 minutes or half-an-hour after the game."

Hannigan and Toomey have been quite vocal about what they feel were Tyrone's cynical tactics in trying to 'kill' the game in the last 10 minutes.

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Hannigan accepted Tipperary could be just as culpable for the number of fouls committed as Tipperary but stressed it was more what went on off the ball which grated. He pointed to the introduction of a late substitution that left them with 16 men on the field for a very brief period before the fourth official drew attention to it and the presence of Tyrone selector Brian Dooher on the field in his capacity as their 'runner'.

"Brian Dooher was almost going to contest the kick-out with one of our wing-backs at one stage," he said.

He said they never expected the level of what they claim was cynicism and 'sledging' that they came up against in that closing period.

"We were aware of it, we knew what we were coming up against but we didn't think to the extent of what it was. We were playing Munster football up along and the boys were only playing minor and it's a lot more innocent. We understand that now."

Logan and selector Peter Canavan are adamant that they never coached a cynical act. Logan stressed that he abhorred any incident of 'sledging'.

Hannigan expressed disappointment with the officials for not acting on a number of instances of verbal engagement in the second half.

"Maybe the linesman on the stand side (Cormac Reilly) didn't see it. But everyone else saw it."

Hannigan said they spoke out after the game because they felt there is a "responsibility" to football to highlight these issues.

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