Tuesday 25 June 2019

'I’m actually seething at the officials again, I didn't abuse him' - Davy Fitzgerald hits back after sending off

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is sent to the stand by referee Johnny Murphy during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3A match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is sent to the stand by referee Johnny Murphy during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3A match between Galway and Wexford at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Tony Considine

A "seething" Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald was forthright in his denial of abusing an official after being sent off during the Model County's battling draw with Galway.

Fitzgerald was banished after an exchange of views with sideline official Mick Murphy early in the second half. After witnessing the incident and consulting with his official, referee Johnny Murphy brandished the card leaving Fitzgerald to watch his side's fight-back from a seat in the stands.

"That’s the second time in a row that we have had a fella taken out off the ball. It happened in the last one here as well yet there seems to be one rule for one set of management and another for another," Fitzgerald told Off The Ball after the match.

"I’m actually seething at the officials again. I didn't abuse him, I was making my point quite clearly that our lad was taken out off the ball. They ended up getting a score and that’s not right."

Despite the sending off, Wexford produced a rousing comeback to come from six points down at the time to actually lead going into the closing stages before Galway clawed back a point for the draw. And Fitzgerald was quick to praise his players for the manner of their recovery.   

"I think that was an awesome Wexford display," he said.

"No one gave us a chance coming up to Galway today bar ourselves. We should have won that game today 100%. We’re disappointed but I’m fair proud of the lads there today."

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