Sunday 17 November 2019

'Some moron will say something you didn't say' - Listen to Eamon Dunphy in a heated radio row over Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi celebrates winner against Real Madrid and (inset) Eamon Dunphy
Lionel Messi celebrates winner against Real Madrid and (inset) Eamon Dunphy
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Eamon Dunphy has hit back at claims he wrote off Lionel Messi on television last week and labelled those who "misrepresented" his comments "morons".

Messi was majestic last night and scored an incredible 92nd-minute winner as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in an El Clasico classic at the Bernabeu.

Following the match, social media was awash with users trolling Dunphy for what they believed were comments made on RTE television after Barcelona's Champions League exit against Juventus stating that Messi was "finished".

On tonight's Game On Show on 2fm, Alan Cawley put it to Dunphy that he had made a "boo boo" by writing off the Argentine striker and this provoked an angry response from Dunphy.

"You got it all wrong. The first thing I said was that Barcelona as a team were gone and we won't see that team again. The next thing I said, and we all agreed, was that Messi was still, even if he lost 10/15/20 per cent, a great player and I also said that I hoped he would come the Premier League and possibly Manchester City, it would be a fantastic thing.

"The other thing I said was Real Madrid, it wasn't just Barcelona who were struggling, it was Real Madrid and they are struggling and anyone who watched last night will see that.

"Now, to misrepresent that, funny enough another RTE programme did this morning. People talking candidly about football and having really interesting discussions and some moron will say you said something you never said. Well go on, finish your point."

At this point Cawley said he watched the show last week before Dunphy interrupted: "And what did I say?"

Cawley replied forthrightly: "You said he was finished."

"I didn't," replied Dunphy.

"Well the week before you more or less said you had a package ready to go saying he was finished," stated Cawley.

"No we didn't say that either. What we said was that the Barcelona team that we have all loved for the last seven or eight years was no more. What we said about Messi was that he was diminished from what he had been as a great player.

"Now if you watched last night's game, I don't know whether you did or not or if you just watched the headlines..."

Cawley interrupted to say: "Eamon, you know me better than that."

"Well what can I do when you are saying you were watching a television programme last week and you don't remember what you saw," said an irate Dunphy.

"We all remember," answered Cawley before Dunphy obliged him to recall what he said.

"Did I say Messi was finished?" asked Dunphy.

"To a point," answered Cawley.

"Ok, get the tape out and have another look."

While Cawley argued that Messi was far from finished, Dunphy appeared to say the word "f******g" when referencing Morning Ireland. He later apologised for his use of language.

"You are talking about something you allege I said that I didn't say. When you have a look at the tape you can apologise."

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