Sunday 19 November 2017

'It could have been a serious free-for-all' - Former All Ireland winner hits out at Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald and Jason Forde clash and (inset) Tomas Mulcahy
Davy Fitzgerald and Jason Forde clash and (inset) Tomas Mulcahy

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald could have caused a "free-for-all" by his actions in yesterday's Allianz League semi-final defeat to Tipperary, according to Tomas Mulcahy.

Fitzgerald became involved in a number of flashpoints during the first-half of Tipperary's 5-18 to 1-19 win at Nowlan Park.

The Clare native ran onto the field after John McGrath dispossessed Aidan Nolan in the corner on the way to scoring the Premier County's second goal.

Fitzgerald clearly felt that Nolan had been fouled, and was told to leave the field by ref Diarmuid Kirwan but not before clashing with both Niall O'Meara and Jason Forde before doing so.

Former Cork All Ireland-winning captain Mulcahy told the RTE GAA podcast: "You cannot enter the field of play. You cannot be squaring up to opponents. You cannot be shouldering players. Maybe the disappointment was from the referee, that he actually let him go back on to the sideline.

"I thought he should have been put up into the stand. It could have been a serious free-for-all if other players had joined in.

"There were frees given against Tipperary were everyone felt they were harsh frees. You didn't see Michael Ryan running in off the field. He's not allowed to cross the white line to go in and challenge a player.

"It's not good enough. He's a linesman beside him, he can air his grievances to the linesman, there's a fourth official behind him, but all he wanted to do was go in to Diarmuid Kirwan and it could have turned out to be pretty nasty. When he sees it again he'll agree he was out of order."

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