Clare backing Fitz in RTE row
THE controversy involving Davy Fitzgerald and RTE has escalated, with the Clare County Board rowing in solidly behind their manager, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY.
The board is to write to Croke Park, expressing concern over the manner in which Fitzgerald was treated on 'The Sunday Game' where his remarks to a Waterford player in the course of last Sunday's Munster semi-final in Thurles were revisited and analysed on the Sunday night programme.
The matter was raised at Thursday night's meeting of the Clare Board where delegates were unhappy over what they regarded as the singling out of Fitzgerald for unfair treatment by the national broadcaster.
His remarks, complete with bleep-outs of bad language, were broadcast on 'The Sunday Game' after it was claimed RTE had received lots of tweets seeking an investigation into the incident.
Clare are annoyed over the use of the word 'investigate' and also believe that it was wrong to highlight one side of the incident without showing what led to Fitzgerald's outburst. The board decided to write to Croke Park, seeking support at central level.
The contract to show GAA games is between Central Council and RTE, so Clare felt it was appropriate that they would deal directly with Croke Park rather than RTE.
Croke Park has already been in contact with RTE, voicing their concern over the coverage of the Fitzgerald incident. It now remains to be seen if they will make a further complaint after studying the contents of Clare's letter.
It's understood that Croke Park has raised the question of whether RTE intends to continue with this type of coverage and, if so, whether it will apply to other sports such as soccer and rugby.