Davy Fitzgerald has expressed horror at suggestions that his goal celebrations during the All-Ireland hurling final replay were disrespectful towards Jimmy Barry-Murphy.
The Clare boss was made aware of Twitter allegations that the ceremonial punches thrown on the line during that epic clash on September 28 were, somehow, directed towards Cork's manager.
Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent, Fitzgerald reflected: "I've heard people describe it as me turning to celebrate at the opposition manager. I would 100pc not do that."
Fitzgerald and Barry-Murphy did exchange "words" at half-time during a National League game at Pairc Ui Rinn in March, but that incident was quickly resolved with a post-match handshake.
"It was just a disagreement walking to the dressing-rooms," reflected the All-Ireland-winning manager. "But Jimmy came up and shook my hand afterwards and I apologised to him.
"Listen, there's not a hope that I would knowingly gesture to the Cork manager or any of his back-room team. I want to say that with absolute clarity. I did not do that to Jimmy Barry-Murphy. He's a gentleman who has never been anything other than exceptional on the line.
"Okay, I might have turned in that general direction, but I wasn't looking at anybody or anything. I'm sure I turned towards our own bench as well. I suppose I can't stop people if they want to imply something there, but they're 100pc wrong."
On his relationship with Barry-Murphy, Fitzgerald stressed: "Jimmy is a gentleman, but he's a fighter too, I'll tell you that. But when it's over, I know with Jimmy it's over. He was unbelievably gracious after the final and I'll never forget that. I'd like to think I'd be that way too against managers that have beaten me in the past."
Fitzgerald, who travels to America this week on a private holiday, was speaking during the course of a frank and wide-ranging interview, carried in the Irish Independent today.