Thursday 27 April 2017

Childish, imbecilic and self-indulgent - Hurling pundit Regan slams Davy Fitzgerald's pitch invasion

16 April 2017; Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan, 8, tussle with Jason Forde of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
16 April 2017; Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan, 8, tussle with Jason Forde of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final match between Wexford and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Former Offaly hurler Daithi Regan has strongly condemned Davy Fitzgerald's decision to enter the field of play to protest after the referee awarded a free during last Saturday's league semi-final against Tipperary.

The Wexford manager clashed with Tipperary players on his way off the team, with Fitzgerald telling the media afterwards that it was a ploy to refocus his players after the concession of two first half goals.

The Clare legend has come in from strong criticism for this actions, with Regan, speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball last night, taking Fitzgerald to task for coming onto the field.

"I think he let Wexford down," Regan said.

"It is back to typical Davy, to be honest with you. He does so much right, he brings such a buzz to Wexford. He has lifted the Wexford lads.

"To come out and say it was premeditated and that he wanted to give his players a lift - that is rubbish.

"To run out on the pitch and get involved, my own view when I saw it - the first Tipperary player should have left him on his arse. If you are a manager and you go out like that, that is what you deserve.

Regan also took exception to Fitzgerald's post-match reaction to the incident, with the Wexford boss claiming his decision was premeditated.

"I just hated the attitude afterwards," he said.

"You have done so well since you have got down there. You've raised the profile in Wexford, you have got a bunch of players really believing. You have brought outstanding professionalism.

"And you take so much away from that with carry on, imbecilic childish carry on that was self-indulgent, and then to try and brush it under the carpet afterwards like 'I'm getting my players going'. No you're not."

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