Friday 20 April 2018

Barton won't curb sideline passion

Barton: Back from his sideline ban. Photo: Sportsfile
Barton: Back from his sideline ban. Photo: Sportsfile

Orla Bannon

Derry manager Damian Barton insists he has no intention of altering his behaviour on the sideline just because of a touchline ban.

Speaking for the first time since being hit with an eight-week ban by the Ulster Council for his part in a brawl during the Derry v Tyrone McKenna Cup final, Barton described his suspension as "unreasonable".

Barton was back on the sideline for Sunday's final league game against Armagh after serving his ban and said: "Football is such a dynamic thing, you have to be part of it and my personality will never change in that respect. It won't change because you have to be passionate about this game and translate that to the boys."

Barton felt his absence from the sideline hindered Derry's Division Two league campaign, insisting: "It did, because you need to be on the sideline. The sideline is where I'm used to and you don't feel you have the same impact on the game. Unfortunately, I kick every ball!"

The 1993 All-Ireland winner also claimed the GAA's tiered disciplinary process put him off challenging the ban. "I appealed it to the Ulster and it was rejected," he recalled. "There is an appeals process in Croke Park which is another buffer.

"It puts people off and to a degree it put me off. There should be one appeal process in headquarters and that's it. I'm not interested in the DRA."

Barton also questioned whether managers are given the same protection as players, claiming he was manhandled in the McKenna Cup row, which left him watching most of his new team's league campaign from the stand.

"(Suspended for ) putting a hand on an opposing player, I suppose that's fine. The rule is the rule," he said. "But I ended up on my mouth and nose. Somebody had me by the throat, but sure who cares about managers?"

Irish Independent

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