Wednesday 24 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Players, forget Twitter and do your talking on the pitch

Rants on social media are not good for a team and managers should intervene, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Another routine week for the GAA. Referees getting it hot and heavy, accusations of a rigged draw, a couple of controversial sendings-off and some football too. Business as usual.

All is not fair in love and war. In the past, I have criticised those who post messages anonymously on websites that are critical of players and managers. It is a cowardly practice but nobody should pass any remarks on those comments, however hurtful, as any man who won't put his name to something is not a man at all.

Things have moved on again in the social media with a lot of players on Twitter, which to most older supporters of the GAA is absolute double dutch. Anyway, it is another method of allowing the great unwashed to have access to what players are thinking, although some would be better off not thinking aloud. No matter how I look at this, I cannot see what value there is for a player or team in having someone publicly declare their thoughts when they are still playing.

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