Tuesday 24 April 2018

'I don’t think it reflects well on Dublin football' - Alan Brogan and Ciaran Whelan on the Diarmuid Connolly media storm

Jim Gavin was not impressed by Pat Spillane's remarks on Diarmuid Connolly's push on linesman Ciarán Branagan
Jim Gavin was not impressed by Pat Spillane's remarks on Diarmuid Connolly's push on linesman Ciarán Branagan
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Alan Brogan believes Dublin manager Jim Gavin could have taken a different approach in his reaction to Diarmuid Connolly’s 12-week ban, as he gave his verdict on the storm fuelled by Pat Spillane’s comments on RTE’s Sunday Game.

Gavin refused to carry out an interview with RTE after Sunday’s convincing win over Westmeath, as he made stand against the media coverage of Connolly's push on linesman Ciarán Branagan.

Yet Dublin legend Brogan suggests a more cautious approach may have helped to dilute a story that is now headline news once again.

“I think the players will probably appreciate Jim’s sentiments, but I think it’s strange,” brogan told Independent.ie podcast The Throw In.

“He’s had lots of time to think about how he would handle this and personally I would have thought he would have been better to go through private channels, talk to RTE and say he wasn’t happy about how they handled it.”

Brogan’s former Dublin team-mate Ciaran Whelan echoed those sentiments, as he suggested a media ban will not present the right image for Dublin GAA.

“If you go back to the original incident, Diarmuid got frustrated and what he has done he shouldn’t have done. Jim Gavin has accepted that and Diarmuid has accepted that,” stated Whelan.

“It was 24 hours before Pat Spillane gave his verdict on it and people are waiting for the Sunday Game to see if they are going to deliver the dagger. Sometime the reaction can be over the top.

“Pat could possibly have defended Diarmuid a little more based on the frustrations he was under at the time, but at the same time it is his duty to analyse this incidents and give his verdict on what he thinks. He is entitled to do that.

“I am surprised by Jim’s reaction to pin it on Pat Spillane because Pat didn’t get Diarmuid Connolly the suspension here. Diarmuid Connolly’s actions got him the suspension here.

“Sometimes the reaction from the Sunday Game is a little bit over the top. If they don’t give an opinion, then there is no point in having the Sunday Game. The only winners are RTE as the Sunday Game is all over the news for the next week or so.

“I don’t think it reflects well on Dublin football is they are to withdraw services from national broadcasters. I don’t think that would be a good image for Dublin football going forward.”

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