Thursday 22 March 2018

Spillane's comments on Connolly 'rehearsed' - Dessie Dolan

Former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Former Westmeath star Dessie Dolan has reiterated his belief that Pat Spillane's TV comments after Diarmuid Connolly's clash with linesman Ciarán Branagan during Dublin's win over Carlow were 'rehearsed'.

Dolan, who made his initial comments on the 'Sunday Game' last weekend, insists his opinion hasn't changed since the show.

"It was my opinion," said Dolan at the announcement that Ericsson is the GAA's new technology partner.

"Do I think my opinion has changed from Sunday night? I don't to be honest. I think it was fairly well rehearsed what Pat had to say. When he was quoting the rules and stuff like that, that raised my suspicions, that was all.

"It was unusual circumstances and I suppose there were a lot of big factors; number one, it's Dublin, number two, it's Jim Gavin, number three, it's Diarmuid Connolly. It's all divisive and to be honest there's an awful lot of people sitting on the fence either way.

"My opinion was what I gave. Pat's opinion was what he gave. Throughout the country I see lots of different people with opinions on it, like, my father disagrees with what I'm saying.

"That's the way it has been, it's just a very divisive thing. Personally, I feel that the big issue is him getting three months for what happened, I think it's too severe."

Dolan, who also revealed that he hadn't heard from Spillane since the show, agrees that what is shown on the 'Sunday Game' sets the agenda for the week in GAA circles.

"They set the agenda, like, the 'Sunday Game', people sit down to watch it, to see (what they say) and it's the talking point generally then for the week.

"That's the way it has been. Nobody ever tells you what to say, to be honest, it's a free rein, there's nobody coming in saying you can say this or that and that's what makes it very good.


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