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Dublin GAA fan page apologies for urging fans to 'Chant for Dermo in the 12th minute'

Controversial post was taken as a reference to #13ForNo13

Published 08/09/2015 | 11:16

Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year, along with Kerry's star forward James O’Donoghue and Donegal full-back Neil McGee (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)
Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly, Dublin, has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year, along with Kerry's star forward James O’Donoghue and Donegal full-back Neil McGee (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

A Dublin GAA Facebook fan page has released a statement apologising for a post in which it urged fans to chant for Diarmuid Connolly n the twelfth minute of the game.

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The fan page came under fire for encouraging fans to chant 'Dermo' during the twelfth minute after Diarmuid Connolly's red card and one-match ban was upheld by the GAA following the first appeal.

The post was taken by many fans as a reference to an agreement by both teams to clap during the thirteenth minute of the semi-final to honour young Mayo Minor star Darragh Doherty, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in the run-up to the clash.

A Mayo fan page posted a screenshot of the post, writing that it "makes a mockery of our own Darragh Doherty... and (any) minute applause gone past through the years".

One commenter wrote that it was a "sick and disrespectful plan" while another added "the whole thing is gone out of hand, just let the teams play and let the best team win".

The Dublin GAA fan page released a statement calling the post "an error of judgement".

Dublin GAA fan page removes post urging fans to 'Chant for Dermo in the 12th minute'  

"At no time were we in any way trying to disrespect Darragh as we were very supportive of his minutes applause and stood side-by-side with Mayo Fans Facebook Page. We would like to apologise to Darragh's family, Mayo GAA and the decent GAA supporters within the whole county og Mayo for any offence".

"The post was removed... and the admin has been waned that future posts like this one will not be tolerated".

The statement added that the admins of the Page were "bitterly disappointed" by a number of other Pages "who were very quick to condemn us at a time when we should all have been united for the one cause of Dublin GAA".

Doherty was part of the Mayo minor team that won the 2013 All-Ireland minor final, scoring 1-02 on the day from corner forward as they landed the Tom Markham Cup.

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