Tuesday 23 January 2018

Davy's Semple of doom

Munster Council vow to investigate complaints

Davy Fitzgerald was left frustrated after Waterford’s lacklustre second half
Davy Fitzgerald was left frustrated after Waterford’s lacklustre second half

Jackie Cahill

MUNSTER Council officials are looking into the controversial claims made by Davy Fitzgerald following last Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium.

The irate Waterford boss lodged a formal complaint with Munster Council PRO Jim Forbes immediately after the draw with Limerick and Forbes last night expressed his hope that there will be no further problems with teams and officials for the remainder of the season.

Fitzgerald claimed that his son, Colm, was physically restrained by an unnamed official from entering the field before the game while the former Clare goalkeeper alleged that he was verbally abused by another official at half-time.

Fitzgerald also indicated that he was unhappy at being told not to patrol a certain area of the touchline during the game by a sideline official and insisted that he was entitled to walk between both 45-metre lines.

Forbes revealed: "Davy spoke to me in a very friendly, orderly way when he need not have been. His discussion was very genuine and I give him credit for that. He didn't raise his voice and didn't use a nasty or derogatory word."

Allegations

Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O'Gorman, a Waterford native, declined to comment on Fitzgerald's allegations but Forbes countered Fitzgerald's claim that there was no knock on Waterford's dressing-room door at half-time.

Having returned to the pitch first for the second half, Limerick dashed back towards the tunnel because of a heavy downpour, only to be met by Waterford on their way out.

Forbes insisted: "I'd dispute that. There are a couple of lads there in Thurles and as long as I'm going there with teams, I'd be of the opinion that they do that (knock) all of the time.

"A team has 15 minutes from the time they leave the field at the end of the first half to be back out in time for the second half."

Deciders

Forbes, however, has vowed that measures will be taken to ensure that similar problems do not arise again at next weekend's semi-finals and the forthcoming hurling and football provincial deciders.

The former Cork County Board chairman said: "We're not in the business of creating hassle for anybody at our stadiums. I know myself, from being involved, that when teams arrive at the stadium all geared up, the last thing they want is hassle.

"They just want to get off the bus and into the stadium. We will certainly look at last Sunday and try to get to the bottom of it and make sure that if something happened, it won't happen again.

"We will speak to the people concerned over the next 24 or 48 hours and hope that from next Saturday, there won't be any problems encountered."

Waterford were also angered by Sunday Game panellists Michael Duignan and Pete Finnerty, who slammed John Mullane and Eoin Kelly for their celebrations at stages during the game.

County Board chairman Pat Flynn declined to comment on the criticism of the players but it is understood that Waterford may respond in some form after next Saturday's replay with Limerick.

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