Sunday 21 January 2018

'There was certainly no punch up' - Nicky English rubbishes rumours surrounding Tipperary panel

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Former Tipperary captain Nicky English has said that the rumours surrounding the personal lives of members of the Tipperary panel was a typical response in Tipperary to a defeat where the Premier County were favoured.

Tipperary's four-point loss to Cork in last month's Munster quarter-final was quickly followed by the axing of Cathal Barrett from the panel for disciplinary reasons, which was then accompanied by widespread rumours of wild disagreements between other star players.

English, who won two All-Ireland titles and six All-Star nominations in 14 years with Tipperary, said that the unfounded rumours concerning senior players were being held up as an excuse for Tipp's poor performance on the pitch and that Michael Ryan's side were simply beaten by a better side in Cork.

"It’s very typical of Tipperary when they lose when they’re expected to win games that there’s a whole slew of rumours comes out as people looking for what the excuse for the defeat was," English told Ivan Yates on Newstalk's Yates on Sunday show.

"There was no excuse. They were beaten on the day by a better team. There’s been a disciplinary issue with Cathal Barrett. He’s been dropped as I understand but any of the rest of the rumours they’re totally untrue from what I hear.

"This is typical in Tipperary that’s there’s rumours after games when they lose, and you know it’s very tough on the people who are central to those rumours and their families, and you know there’s been a huge amount of rubbish all the week on social media.

"There’s certainly no punch up, and I mean that’s the basis for all the allegations and rumours, horrible rumours about the players and their families on social media all the week. Really it’s sad to be honest."

English added that Banisteoir Michael Ryan was tough enough over his handling of the Barrett situation, where the player was dropped from the panel following the Cork defeat, but insists that the 2014 Young Hurler of the Year should be considered for a recall later in the summer if he can overcome a knee injury he suffered in the Cork loss.

"I certainly think Mick is very straight and he’s tough as well, and you know there has been talk that Cathal Barrett had warnings in the past for his discipline, or maybe lack of discipline, and that there was some incident," added English.

"For me Cathal Barrett is a great player and if Tipperary are still in the Championship, which, God knows whether they will be or not. But if they’re still in the Championship then Cathal Barrett will have to be looked at again later on in the year."

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