Saturday 16 December 2017

'It's been a bad week in general for society' - RTÉ pundit hits out at 'disgusting' Tipperary rumours

Michael Duignan Credit: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Offaly legend Michael Duignan has condemned the spread of 'malicious' accusations about the Tipperary hurlers after rumours emerged during the week of unrest in the camp.

All Star defender Cathal Barrett was dropped from the panel for disciplinary reasons by manager Michel Ryan, which was accompanied by widespread rumours of wild disagreements between other star players.

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Speaking to Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland today, Duignan was heavily critical of whoever spread the stories.

"It's been a very, very bad week just in general for society from a moral point of view," Duignan said.

"The rumour that has gone around about some of those Tipperary players and some of their families has been absolutely disgusting in my point of view. It's horrific.

"It's a sad reflection on society. I think the people that are doing it, if they think that they are GAA people, it's nothing to do with the lads being amateurs or anything like that.

"To me, making up malicious rumours about decent people and the damage that must have had on them this week, on the players, on their families, on their work colleagues, it just must have been a very difficult week for them all."

After entering the 2017 championship as favourites, Tipperary were upset in their Munster championship opener by Cork. They are now preparing for their first game in the qualifiers on the first weekend of July.


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