Wednesday 16 August 2017

Davy Fitzgerald 'seriously considering' watching Leinster final from Croke Park stands

Davy Fitzgerald is considering staying away from the touchline in the Leinster final
Davy Fitzgerald is considering staying away from the touchline in the Leinster final
Davy Fitzgerald at a press conference in Wexford last night. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Davy Fitzgerald has admitted he 'deserved' a ban that saw him confined to a box at the back of the stand for Wexford's win over Kilkenny, but the Clare native is considering staying in that position for Sunday week's Leinster hurling final.

Fitzgerald's sideline privileges will be restored for the provincial decider with Galway in Croke Park. But after having a special box constructed in Wexford Park for the clash with the Cats, he revealed he has already checked out the facilities available to him at HQ.

"I wouldn't rule it out. I'm seriously thinking of it, and I'll tell you why. I felt back that night I could see the game way better. I had JJ (Doyle) beside me and JJ was in control for the night, himself and Pádraic (Fanning).

"He was the same, we felt that we could see the game way better. There must be logic in why the rugby managers do what they do. Soccer, it's a little different, it's a lot slower kind of as well. But from a managerial point of view, it makes more sense to be up there.

So I am 100pc considering it. I don't know what I am going to do yet. Maybe a half up, half down. In the next week I will decide, I'm not sure but I tell you it's worth thinking about. I've had a look at a box in Croke Park, so it is there. And I'd say they (the GAA) would be happy if I was in a box too!" he laughed.

Fitzgerald picked up an eight-week ban after he encroached on to the playing area and squared up to Tipperary's Jason Forde during Wexford's league quarter-final defeat. And while he considered seeking a hearing, Fitzgerald admits he deserved a suspension.

"One of the deciding factors was how much of a meal ye (the media) made of it. I just decided I'm not going to give ye another week of making another meal out of it. That would have been part of my factor, that there was already too much made of it. So I just decided to cut it dead, take it, and get on with it."

And he explained that he offered his assistance to Tipperary with Forde's case.

"I actually hated the fact he (Forde) got banned as well. I think I rang Tipp at the time, and said if there was anything I could do. I don't mind getting a bit of stick whatsoever. But, I didn't go looking to give anyone stick so I didn't. But you know what, I deserved the ban. I was on the field, and if you're on the field, that's it, and you accept it. No problem, I can't say I was hard done by because I did deserve a ban."

Fitzgerald confirmed that Conor McDonald, Shaun Murphy and David Dunne are doubts for the Galway game with Damien Reck and long-term absentee Liam óg McGovern ruled out.

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