Jeering Munster fans should not come back to Thomond Park, says 'saddened' Mike Sherry
Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30
Mike Sherry believes the Munster fans who jeered Ian Keatley as he left the pitch last Saturday should consider not coming back to Thomond Park.
The out-half's difficult day against Leicester Tigers was compounded by the ironic cheer that went up when he was replaced by Rory Scannell and Sherry, a Limerick native who travelled abroad to support the province before earning a shot at the red jersey himself, has hit out at the "small section" of supporters who turned on their own.
The hooker has stood and sung amongst the Red Army whose ability to bring colour and noise to venues around Europe was a major part in the growth and success of the Heineken Cup and he clearly feels let down by those who let their frustration get the better of them.
Anthony Foley described the jeering as "very disappointing from a knowledgeable crowd", while former Munster second-row Trevor Hogan has said that the fans crossed a line and their reaction was "unjustifiable", adding "the only thing that is lower is racism or sexual harassment. That is pathetic."
The province have issued a missive to fans about respecting their players, and Sherry says the fans who jeered their own player should consider not coming back to Thomond Park.
"I'm very reluctant to give out about the Munster fans because of the support we have got," he said.
"When I was a young fellah, going over to the final in 2000… it has just been incredible but I did obviously notice that what happened on the weekend has been well reported at this stage; that was really disappointing.
"It is a small section but it doesn't matter, we tried unbelievably hard, we put our bodies on the line, we prepare very well during the week and left no stone unturned. That was really disappointing.
"It saddened me a bit to hear fans doing that to a Munster player but I know that is only a small section and I'd prefer of that small section didn't come back to our games.
"The overall majority are incredibly supportive, they have our backs for this weekend and I have no doubt there is going to be a huge Munster contingent over in Welford Road, they are going to get tickets through however many outlets and they are going to be there and hopefully we can reward them with the big performance and the victory."
While he enjoyed his time following the legends during the 2000s, Sherry now wants to be part of his own history at Munster and believes that this team can achieve in Europe despite their latest home defeat.
Winning in Welford Road would be a huge moment for a young side shorn of key leaders in departed Paul O'Connell and the injured Peter O'Mahony and the hooker believes they can achieve a result at Leicester to open up the pool.
"We have a chance to go to Welford Road as our own group and create our own bit of history," he said. "For this group of players, it's not that we're sick of hearing about it, but I grew up with Munster teams winning and I was just getting into the academy when they were winning European Cups and I want that for myself and for my friends.
"It would mean so much to me and we want it as a group, so we're desperate for it. I think you will see a reaction at the weekend to losing at home, that's not acceptable.
"We were happy with a lot of things we did but some things were sloppy and in a level of competition as high as this we got punished.
"We're close, very close. I think we need to put it all together and put in a big performance and show people how close we are.
"We can say it all we want but we need to go out and do it now."