Friday 23 February 2018

Kiely: Abusive fans should stay away

Limerick manager John Kiely. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Limerick manager John Kiely. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A number of Limerick hurling supporters fired abuse at the team after their heavy defeat to Cork in the Munster Senior League last month, new manager John Kiely has revealed.

Just weeks after taking over as manager, the concession of seven goals prompted "inappropriate" abuse that need to be checked, Kiely said.

Confirming the departure of the talented Barry Nash from the squad, Kiely said he hoped right-thinking Limerick supporters would intervene on behalf of a young squad with an average age of just over 21.

"There were quite a number of people in the crowd who were extremely abusive that day and it was not at all appropriate that players be treated like that," he said.

"That is not something we would like to see again. We have an awful lot of decent people involved in hurling in Limerick and if there are people out there that aren't behind the team, we would rather they stayed away."

His predecessor TJ Ryan was also vocal about criticism that flowed in their direction and was confronted after their qualifier defeat to Dublin in Thurles in 2015.

"We have a phenomenal supporter base and I just hope that this base will mobilise."

Kiely has left the door open for a possible return for Nash later this year, stating that the player himself made the decision.

Irish Independent

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