Saturday 17 March 2018

Aidan O'Shea has his say on 'dive' gate and he is not happy with RTE only having one camera angle

Aidan O'Shea of Mayo appeals to the referee for a penalty against Fermanagh
Aidan O'Shea of Mayo appeals to the referee for a penalty against Fermanagh
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Aidan O'Shea has insisted his conscience is clear following the crucial penalty incident against Fermanagh in Castlebar last week.

With Fermanagh leading by a point, O'Shea went to ground following a coming together with Che Cullen and referee Joe McQuillan pointed to the spot. Cillian O'Connor smashed the ball home and Mayo ran out victorious.

However, replays of the incident showed little contact between Cullen and O'Shea and the Mayo man has shipped plenty of criticism since.

But, speaking after yesterday's (Saturday) nine-point win over Kildare, O'Shea was adamant he did not dive and criticised the national broadcaster RTE for only having one camera angle if the incident.

"Unfortunately in the world of social media and everything like that it is going to be all over the place," O'Shea told Sky Sports.

"The disappointing part was we had only one camera angle. The national broadcasters only brought one camera down, it was disappointing there was only one angle to show.

"Everyone gets to see something in the flash second but my conscience is clear, I didn't flop. I'm happy enough. It is probably more difficult for my family over the last couple of days. I am just delighted to be back on the field and helping my team-mates out."

Asked if he was an amateur player being judged by professional standards, O'Shea added: "No, I just don't think I dived. That's the bottom line. Unfortunately, I see people having a cut at me and that's alright I can be judged and criticised fairly, I've no problem with that, but it was probably unfair during the week. It's behind me now, we have won the game today."

O'Shea also insisted that the shock defeat to Galway in the Connacht semi-final has galvanised Mayo.

"We have got enough stick over the past couple of weeks. This group is a brilliant bunch and you have seen that over the last couple of weeks," added O'Shea.

"We didn't perform against Galway, deserved our criticism and took it on the chin. We have come back hard the last couple of weeks, asked ourselves some hard questions and now we have two wins in a row. 

O'Shea was an unlikely defender in yesterday's second half following and injury to Kevin Keane but the robust midfielder insists he is happy to play wherever he is asked for his county.

"Definitely a first. I turned to Keith at one stage and said 'I bet you never thought you would see me at full back beside you'. It's something they asked me to do because we were obviously down a few numbers and they were bombing in high balls. Whatever duty calls I will do it."

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