Thursday 18 January 2018

McGrath resolves row with RTE

Pete McGrath has ended his RTE boycott
Pete McGrath has ended his RTE boycott

Orla Bannon

Pete McGrath has ended his RTE boycott and confirmed he will talk to the broadcaster after Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Westmeath.

The Fermanagh boss was annoyed at comments made by 'The Sunday Game' pundits Pat Spillane and Kevin McStay over Ryan McCluskey's red card in the Ulster SFC semi-final defeat to Monaghan.

Kerry referee Padraig O'Sullivan sent the defender off for an innocuous challenge, on the advice of an umpire, and McGrath objected to the analysis of the incident, describing it as "over the top".

He subsequently refused to grant interviews to the station after their back-door wins over Antrim and Roscommon.

"I wasn't happy at all with the comments regarding the sending off, and I did not speak to them (RTE) after the Antrim and Roscommon games," McGrath said. "But it has been resolved.

"I since spoke to the 'Sunday Game' editor (Paul Byrne) and explained my position. He said he understood it and he would speak to the two pundits who made the remarks.

"I said if you are going to act as a judiciary, then you should be looking at all the incidents and I thought that there were two Monaghan yellow cards which were, in my view, red cards."

McGrath, meanwhile, admitted Fermanagh and Westmeath both dodged a bullet in drawing each other, instead of Cork.

"I am glad it's Westmeath rather than Cork, and I would safely say that Westmeath feel exactly the same. For both counties, it's a great opportunity to get to an All-Ireland quarter-final," he added and also confirmed Ruairi Corrigan is fit after the hamstring injuries which have dogged him in recent months.

Irish Independent

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