Friday 15 December 2017

'The comments were ignorant at best' - Donal Og Cusack on why he was 'disgusted' by Martin O'Neill's 'queers' remark

Martin O'Neill (left) and Donal Og Cusack (right).
Martin O'Neill (left) and Donal Og Cusack (right). Newsdesk Newsdesk

Clare hurling coach Donal Og Cusack was 'disgusted' by a remark made by Martin O'Neill last year when the Ireland manager said that he didn't want people to think that he and Roy Keane were 'queers' for going to the Super Bowl together.

Speaking at an event before Euro 2016, O'Neill joked that Ireland coaches Steve Guppy and Steve Walford accompanied himself and Keane to the event because he didn't want people to think that they were 'queers'.

Cusack, who came out during his illustrious playing career with the Cork hurlers, addressed homosexuality in sport in an interview with Off The Ball, and explained the problem he had with O'Neill's remark and the Ireland manager's subsequent apology.

"Martin O'Neill is a great man but when I heard Martin O'Neill's comments a year ago or whenever it was, I was disgusted," Cusack said.

"Why I was disgusted when I heard those comments was, I was thinking of the young kid playing soccer, 14 years of age, boy or girl in Ireland and they're thinking that Martin O'Neill made these comments that to me were just ignorant at best. Then his apology was so poor.

"He was talking in the Roy Keane context but I was thinking of the 13 or 14-year-old kid who must have been saying, 'Oh no. This isn't for me.' Now I would like think that the Martin O'Neill school of thinking is like something you'd see out of Jurassic Park. They're fine but you don't want them turning up in your garden this evening running around the place."

The full interview will be played on Off The Ball this Saturday.

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