Wednesday 13 December 2017

GAA president O'Neill wrong to get personal – Harte

Mickey Harte
Mickey Harte

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte has admitted he was "disappointed" in GAA president Liam O'Neill for singling him out for comment last week, writes Cliona Foley.

O'Neill said, in response to Harte's comments about refereeing inconsistency: "If there's something negative to be said, Mickey will say it."

The Tyrone boss hit back initially by suggesting the GAA president should take "a view in the mirror."

"To personalise something like that, I don't think it's the right thing for the president to do," Harte said after Saturday night's game in Newry.

"I always do my best to put a reasoned argument about the things I believe in. If he doesn't notice that it's not an issue for me, it's maybe one for him.

"I believe I had good reason to say what I said. I think if anybody checks back on the records of what I say about this association we belong to and what I say about the nature of our games, they'll find I'm as positive as anybody.

"Just check the records and see if I'm really that negative. I don't think I am."

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