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Waterford not drawn on their former doctor's barb following Cork stalemate

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Waterford's Matthew Smith in action against Cork City's Uniss Kargbo. Photo: Sportsfile

Waterford's Matthew Smith in action against Cork City's Uniss Kargbo. Photo: Sportsfile

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Waterford's Matthew Smith in action against Cork City's Uniss Kargbo. Photo: Sportsfile

Waterford have responded to a barb from their departed doctor by branding it as "hearsay".

Dr Sinéad Fitzpatrick quit her post on Tuesday, the same day a second member of the playing squad was sent for Covid-19 testing.

"Resigning when you feel things are very wrong is sometimes the right thing to do though," the medic said in a Facebook post that was deleted later in the week. "I'm very sad tonight but happy I have done the right thing."

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Cork City's Mark McNulty makes a save from Waterford's Will Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork City's Mark McNulty makes a save from Waterford's Will Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

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Cork City's Mark McNulty makes a save from Waterford's Will Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile

 

Although the first suspected case resulted in Tuesday's fixture against Sligo Rovers being postponed, that the second player was deemed a "casual contact" allowed the first team to resume training on Thursday.

That result took five days to be returned, with the club revealing after Saturday's stalemate against Cork that both tests were negative.

It is understood Dr Fitzpatrick, who runs a general practice in Waterford, outlined the reasons for ending her five-year tenure in a letter to the club.

Waterford FC have denied receiving any complaints about HSE protocol breaches since the squad resumed training last month.

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They added that new manager John Sheridan had been working in Belfast before taking up his post in Waterford on July 13 and that no player or staff member had travelled to a country not on the Government's green list.

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Waterford's Michael O'Connor reacts to a missed chance. Photo: Sportsfile

Waterford's Michael O'Connor reacts to a missed chance. Photo: Sportsfile

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Waterford's Michael O'Connor reacts to a missed chance. Photo: Sportsfile

 

Sheridan refused to be interviewed after Saturday's scoreless draw against Cork City and club officials attempted to block questions posed to his assistant Fran Rockett about the departure of Dr Fitzpatrick.

"It's only hearsay from my point of view," said Rockett. "I'm not privy to the movements of players outside of training. My job is to take the training during the week.

"The whole world is going through this madness and there are so many grey areas on it.

"Every club does their due diligence and we are no different."

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Waterford's Matthew Smith heads towards goal despite the attentions of Cork City's Alan Bennett. Photo: Sportsfile

Waterford's Matthew Smith heads towards goal despite the attentions of Cork City's Alan Bennett. Photo: Sportsfile

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Waterford's Matthew Smith heads towards goal despite the attentions of Cork City's Alan Bennett. Photo: Sportsfile

 

Saturday's draw, following a win over Shelbourne last week, moves Waterford up to fifth in the table. Cork remain bottom on goal difference from Finn Harps.

WATERFORD - B Murphy; T Sobowale, S Bone, R McCourt, T Wilson; A Coote, R Weir, S Griffin, M Smith; K Byrne, M O'Connor (W Fitzgerald 67).

CORK CITY - M McNulty; J Oluwu, A Bennett, K O'Connor; U Kargbo, C Coleman, H Ochieng, C Galvin (C Bargary 70), R Slevin (R Hurley 90); D O'Connor (D McGlade 46), C Murphy.

Ref - Adriano Reale (Kildare).

Irish Independent