Ronan O’Gara has accused the Dublin footballers of play-acting during their All-Ireland final win against Mayo at Croke Park.
Dublin were crowned All-Ireland senior football champions for a sixth consecutive time but were made to work for it by James Horan’s men.
Mayo put in a valiant performance and pushed the Dubs until the very end, despite Dean Rock scoring a goal withing the first 15 seconds of the game.
The game had a fair bit of bite to it, with things boiling over in the Croke Park tunnel as the teams were heading in for half time.
Things got heated at half-time between Dublin and Mayo 👀
— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) December 19, 2020
The physical nature of the game continued into the second half, with Mick Fitzsimons bone-crunching shoulder on Lee Keegan testament to the game’s intensity.
In the dying minutes of the game Mayo were desperate to reel the Dubs back in, giving away a number of fouls in the process.
Former Ireland international Ronan O’Gara felt that many of the Dublin players stayed on the ground for too long following a number of challenges, comparing them to Brazilian footballer Neymar.
Disappointed and sad for my mum. Mayo not there.. Disappointing to see so many Neymars at Croke Park..
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) December 19, 2020
“Disappointed and sad for my mum. Mayo not there… Disappointing to see so many Neymars at Croke Park,” O’Gara said through his Twitter account.
Despite the accusations of play-acting, Dublin were fully deserving of the win as they became the first side to ever win six All-Ireland titles in a row.
Dublin stalwart James McCarthy summed up just how much it meant to the team to win their eight All-Ireland in 10 years during these difficult times.
“I’m delighted. It’s incredible to join such company. Just the year that’s been in it -it’s been such a long year and a tough year. It’s great to be able to play and put on a performance for the people at home,” McCarthy said.