Home GAA Jim Gavin Blasts Pat Spillane And Other Media Coverage Of Diarmuid Connolly Incident

Jim Gavin Blasts Pat Spillane And Other Media Coverage Of Diarmuid Connolly Incident

Dublin manager Jim Gavin isn’t one bit happy…

Following Dublin’s comprehensive victory over Westmeath in the Leinster semi-final this afternoon, much was made of the Dubs’ refusal to speak to broadcast media following the game.

Going into a game that was seen as a foregone conclusion, there was more talk surrounding the suspension of Diarmuid Connolly rather than the on-field action itself.

Diarmuid Connolly Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final, O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 3/6/2017 Carlow vs Dublin Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly speaks to linesman Ciaran Branagan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Straight after the game, the issue raised its ugly head once again. Manager Jim Gavin then gave his thoughts on what he felt was unfair coverage of the incident, as recorded by FM104.

“What concerned me was the way his [Connolly’s] good name was attacked.

“Before we even saw the referee’s report, we had the national broadcaster in their post-match review, both Pat Spillane and Colm O’Rourke, particularly Pat, read out a predetermined statement, we saw it on Sky Sports the rule book being read out.

“Various supporters have come to me and asked me why has this been happening. I’m struggling to give them a balanced and proportionate answer.”

The case has been laid to rest, and Connolly is serving his 12-week ban, which will see him sit out most of the summer, returning for an All-Ireland semi-final should the Boys in Blue win their next two games.

Kildare lie in wait for the All-Ireland champions in the Leinster decider. While many were talking up the Lillywhite’s chances following a comprehensive victory over Meath last week, the Dubs reaffirmed their favourites status with a dismantling of Westmeath today in Croke Park.

 

About Brian Barry