Wednesday 25 April 2018

‘I was spat at’ reveals Galvin - Kingdom ace hits back at Mulligan

Paul Galvin in action for Kerry
Paul Galvin in action for Kerry
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE Kerry-Tyrone rift deepened further when Paul Galvin issued a statement to "100pc confirm" that he was spat at during his Finuge side's All-Ireland club IFC final defeat to Fr Rocks of Cookstown.

Galvin was responding to Owen Mulligan's public backing of a clubmate who was accused of spitting at the Kerry forward and his claims that his team-mates were subject to "sick and vile" sectarian abuse during the game.

Footage appears to show Galvin remonstrating with Mulligan, who was not involved in the incident, and the Kerry star tweeted early yesterday: "To say I am disappointed and saddened by Eoin Mulligan's comments this morning is an understatement."

Elaborating later, in a statement released through his website, Galvin denied any involvement in sledging.

"I will utterly and unequivocally distance myself from claims made regarding verbal abuse during the game. That I have to defend myself or clarify my position in this regard is as disappointing as it is wrong.

"I will also add that I made no comment or complaint, publicly or privately, at the time of the incident, as when the game finishes it is finished in my view and I have no interest in dragging this matter out."

Galvin's statement also outlines his admiration for men like Peter Canavan and Mickey Harte but says that having played in "12 All Ireland finals in both codes, winning 8, this is one All- Ireland I can live without."

He added: "The path that the Kerry/Tyrone rivalry has taken of late disappoints me. Both counties are better than the bitterness and rancour that currently exists."


Irish Independent

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