Sunday 20 January 2019

'We move on from tweet' - Sugrue

Laois boss John Sugrue. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Laois boss John Sugrue. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Laois boss John Sugrue was keen to move on from the incident that saw forward Gary Walsh dropped from the match-day squad for Saturday's Division 4 NFL final win over Carlow, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Walsh sent a controversial tweet regarding the high-profile rape trial in Belfast involving two Ireland rugby players, which has since been deleted.

Laois GAA tweeted an apology afterwards and Walsh, who scored an important goal as the O'Moore men beat Carlow the previous weekend, didn't feature on Saturday. And after their most recent win, Sugrue repeated that apology and looked to put the issue to bed.

"These things are unfortunate and unnecessary for the team and the individual himself," he said. "For that I'd like to say we apologise for any offence caused, it wasn't obviously intentional on behalf of the Laois footballers so we'll move on. I think the guys showed good clarity of thought and good focus and will to win. As far as I'm concerned that is the end of it. We have to move on."

Sugrue outlined that the nature of the tweet flew in the face of team policy: "The price he paid people can decide that themselves. We spoke to the team about how we wanted to behave ourselves during the week. It was a breach and basically it's the consequences. It's unfortunate, we'll move on."

Irish Independent

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