Saturday 18 November 2017

Duffy extremely disappointed by McGeeney's 'sneaky' slur

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's director general Paraic Duffy has responded angrily to a suggestion from Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney that "being sneaky and telling lies" may get you further in the Association than being honest.

The context of McGeeney's remarks, made in the aftermath of Sunday's victory over Cavan, was the controversy over Seanie Johnston's transfer to a Kildare club to facilitate a desire to play inter-county football for them.

McGeeney reiterated his view that Johnston might have been better off if he was not openly "honest" about his intentions from the outset.

"He's a good fella. That's all I know about him. He's 100pc, he's honest and above board. Unfortunately in the GAA, that isn't always the way to do it," said McGeeney.

"You are better being sneaky and telling lies and different things. His biggest problem was that he was honest from the word go."

The comments were replayed on RTE's 'Morning Ireland' yesterday where Duffy was involved in making the draws for the third and fourth-round qualifiers and the All-Ireland hurling quarter- finals.

It drew a response, the first from such a high- ranking official of the GAA on the Johnston transfer in which he expressed "extreme disappointment" with McGeeney's view.

"I know Kieran McGeeney very well, but I would have to say that I am extremely disappointed with those comments.

"The facts are the matter are that CCCC (Central Competitions Controls Committee), as is their role, examined the transfer on two occasions and it was their job to establish whether or not the player was genuinely a permanent resident in Kildare.

"The proof of the integrity of the process is that despite the reservations of CCCC and many people in the GAA, the CAC actually granted the transfer on a procedural matter and the player is now playing with Kildare.

"The integrity of the process is beyond reproach and there was nothing sneaky or dishonest about the way in which the GAA dealt with this matter."

Irish Independent

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