Thursday 14 December 2017

Clare apologise over taking of Nash sliotars

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Clare have made contact with Cork to apologise after a bag containing goalkeeper Anthony Nash's sliotars was thrown into the crowd before last Sunday's Munster hurling final.

Footage surfaced yesterday of the individual in question making his way from the New Stand side of Semple Stadium to the Killinan End, which was defended by Nash in the first half.

Dressed in a Clare training top and shorts, and wearing a baseball hat, the young man picked up a red-coloured bag from behind Nash's goal, before tossing in into the Thurles terrace.

A Clare spokesman said yesterday that joint team managers Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney are "extremely disappointed with what happened, and that it should never have happened."

It's believed that the culprit is related to a member of the management team and it's understood that Moloney contacted Cork manager Kieran Kingston to extend a personal apology on the Banner County's behalf.

Cork County Board chairman Ger Lane confirmed that a Clare counterpart had also been in touch with him.

Lane said: "The Clare County Board contacted our county board, and Clare management contacted Kieran Kingston, to apologise for the situation. Clare have identified who was involved in the incident, and they regret that it happened. Kieran and the Cork County Board accepted those apologies and we move on."

Cork will not take the matter any further, having considered an approach to the Munster Council in relation to the matter. The emergence of the video footage has led to acute embarrassment within the Clare camp.

The move to interfere with Nash's sliotars was not sanctioned by any member of team management, and the individual involved embarked on what was effectively a solo run. Nash is also aware of who was involved, but expressed his desire not to make a big deal of it.

Meanwhile, Cork officials confirmed that the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be officially christened with the hosting of a club match next Wednesday evening.



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