Thursday 20 June 2019

What's good for O'Sullivan's goose should be good for fans' gander

Diarmuid O'Sullivan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Diarmuid O'Sullivan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile newsdesk

Diarmuid O'Sullivan socked it to two Cork supporters who were 'having a right go' at the team on their way out of Croke Park on Sunday.

"I had murder with them. I looked them in the eye and told them they were an absolute disgrace," he said.

An immensely powerful performer during his playing days, 'The Rock' still has an imposing presence so the two supporters were probably somewhat less vocal after the encounter. Having taken an earful, the duo were, presumably, somewhat puzzled by his description of aspects of team management's decision-making as "criminal".

"At the start of extra-time, Seamus Harnedy barely walked out of the dressing-room. He could hardly go out onto the field and they persisted with him for six minutes. That's criminal," said O'Sullivan.

As a selector with Kieran Kingston in recent seasons, he knows all about the difficult decisions faced by team managements but he didn't spare John Meyler and co. The 'criminal' allegation apart, he also criticised other decisions. The moral of the story? Apparently, supporters can't comment critically but former players are free to use the word 'criminal' in their withering assessments. Is that a whiff of double-standards in the air?

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