Friday 24 March 2017

Fitzgerald focused despite ban threat

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WATERFORD hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald insisted yesterday that the heavy disciplinary threat hanging over him will not be allowed to distract his team.

He is facing a 12-week ban for comments that referee James Owens has alleged the Clare man made in last week's NHL game against Tipperary.

Fitzgerald was free to preside over his team yesterday because he has sought a hearing to appeal the suspension, which is expected to be heard next Friday.

He is expected to contest the charge vehemently, which could yet result in a lengthy appeal. And if his ban stands, he will be suspended until a fortnight before Waterford open their Munster championship campaign.

But yesterday he said: "I'm not even going to talk about it (his suspension). We'll go on and play hurling. Whatever will be will be; I'm not going to be talking about it good or bad."

Fitzgerald said he would not allow the issue to impinge in any way on his team, saying: "The games are everything.

"My thing doesn't matter, I don't matter, the team is all that matters and we'll have them (the players) right."

Irish Independent

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