Friday 20 April 2018

'You wouldn't see it in Father Ted' – Cork delegates vent anger over infamous County Board statement

Cork were unhappy with Hughes, who awarded a controversial penalty to Kerry at a crucial stage of the second half
Cork were unhappy with Hughes, who awarded a controversial penalty to Kerry at a crucial stage of the second half Newsdesk Newsdesk

Delegates at last night's Cork County Board meeting were highly critical of the infamous statement regarding referee Padriag Hughes, with chairman Ger Lane acknowledging the mistake.

The executive of the board came in for criticism from delegates for the infamous statement released in the wake of Brian Cuthbert's departure, with Lane conceding that mistakes had been made.

"The board issued a statement to thank Brian for his tenure as manager," he said, "some parts of that were interpreted as criticism of the referee, that was never the intention. We regret that it was interpreted as that and, as chairman of the board, the intention was never to criticise the referee.

"We would be quite happy to have Pádraig Hughes as a referee again and we're sorry for any misunderstanding."

Patrick Andrews of the Shamrocks club said "you wouldn't see it in Father Ted" when speaking about the statement.

Read more: Cork board apologise to Padraig Hughes over infamous 'semi-final' statement

Meanwhile three All-Ireland senior medal winners will form part of the five-man committee to find the new Cork football manager.

Millstreet's John Coleman, an All-Ireland medallist in 1973, John O'Driscoll of Ballingeary, who was part of the squad which won in 1989 and '90, and Nicholas Murphy (Carrigaline), who won in 2010, will join chairman Lane and county secretary Frank Murphy on the committee charged with appointing Cuthbert's successor.

The statement, as well as Dónal Óg Cusack's recent comments on 'The Sunday Game' which were critical of the administrative set-up in the county, came in for criticism.

Read more: Comment: Incredible Cork statement a fitting end to a sorry championship exit

One delegate, Patrick Murphy of Lyre, said of Cusack: "I had a problem with 'The Sunday Game', an analyst paid by the taxpayer, calling the likes of ourselves names. I have never been a yes-man and, if people like them or not, that's it."

Regarding the statement, Ballincollig's Frank McCarthy said: "All of you on the executive must realise that it was an appalling blunder, there was no other way of describing it. It was eight days later, it wasn't compiled overnight, no reporter put a microphone in front of anybody unexpectedly.

Irish Independent

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