Thursday 22 February 2018

Mullane 'regrets' fiery celebration in front of Fitzgerald

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

John Mullane has expressed regret for the celebratory dive he made in front of Davy Fitzgerald after Waterford's Munster SHC semi-final win over Clare on Sunday.

Mullane slid to his knees in exultation right in front of his former manager at the final whistle, in a riposte for comments he alleges Fitzgerald made about him to another Waterford player's father.

But Mullane acknowledged on last night's 'Championship Matters' programme that the dive "wasn't the right thing to do at that time".

"It didn't come across well," he said. "I have regrets. My own character was knocked from different people. Going back to the old days, people thought I was after maturing, and I regret that for my own stance."

Mullane admitted that a great win over Clare has been overshadowed by the spat between himself and Fitzgerald, which continued in the Waterford dressing-room where they had it out over the alleged comments. Fitzgerald has denied making comments that suggested Mullane was finished as a hurler.

"I have my reasons for it, Davy is aware of the reasons. I'm not going to get into comments but they were passed to another player's father. I didn't take them too kindly," said Mullane.

"We had it out in the dressing-room after the game. Davy said he didn't say it. That's what we're led to believe."

Mullane said the alleged comments about him inspired him all week in the build-up to the game.

"It did drive me on. The fact that we were written off by so many people too. You know I wear my heart on my sleeve. It takes a small thing to set it off for me," he said.

Mullane accepted that there was irony in the fact that he had enjoyed a good relationship with Fitzgerald during his time in Waterford.

"Davy made a massive contribution to Waterford hurling. I had a good relationship with Davy. When I was told that during the week I was taken aback," he said.

Asked about Fitzgerald's denial, Mullane responded: "Davy said things in the past. He's obviously going to say it. We'll sit down some day and talk it through, have it out."

Irish Independent

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