Wednesday 24 July 2019

'Páidi Ó Sé was right, Kerry fans are absolute animals' - Sean Cavanagh aims barb at Kingdom faithful

Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone, in action against Bryan Sheehan, left, and Anthony Maher, Kerry
Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone, in action against Bryan Sheehan, left, and Anthony Maher, Kerry

Harry Clarke

Former Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh has launched a scathing attack on Kerry fans, saying that they can be 'absolute animals' during certain games.

It was January, 2003, when then Kerry manager Paidi O Se caused huge controversy when he referred to Kerry fans as "f****** animals". He later apologised, stating that he meant they always demanded the most from his side.

Writing in today's Irish Daily Star, Cavanagh reflected on a match in 2012 when he was injured so sat in the stands at Fitzgerald Stadium at a time when the Kerry/Tyrone rivalry was still instense.

"Then you sit in the stand, and you realise Páidi Ó Sé was right. They are absolute animals when the game is on."

Cavanagh added that when they don't perceive the opposition as a threat and can be 'patronising' when they are winning.

"It was strange that day (In 2012). Their fans were riled on the terraces. They beat us well. They beat us out the gate, and you thought, 'Jesus, these guys are absolute dogs'.

"And then I remember as we were leaving the changing room, walking out onto the team bus there were hundreds of Kerry supporters, all clapping us. Either side of us, as we were walking through.

"They were back slapping us, 'ah youse are great lads', and all this. To me, it seemed a wee bit patronising."

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"They (Mayo) will relish going down to Fitzgerald Stadium, as opposed to bowing down to any aristocrat, Kerry football nonsense," continued Cavanagh.

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