'That type of childish behaviour will ruin it for everyone'

May 20, 2024

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald has word with Clare selector Tommy Corbett after the game ©INPHO/James Crombie

Donal Óg Cusack has condemned the ugly scenes that marred the end of the Clare v Waterford Munster SHC clash.

Davy Fitzgerald remonstrated with referee Liam Gordon after a late disputed ’65 from Mark Rodgers gave Clare the win in Cusack Park, while the Waterford manager also appeared to be pushed by a member of the Banner backroom team as tempers threatened to boil over.

"We’ve criticised the officials a lot over the last while, but even in slow motion, it’s hard to see who the ball went off," Cusack said on The Sunday Game of the controversial decision to award the '65.

"We’ve watched it a good number of times. We’ve been critical of umpires in the past, but in a high-pressure situation, with a lot riding on that decision, fair play to the umpire, he got it 100% right.

"It’s disappointing (the post-match scenes). Davy must take responsibility for it, Clare management must take responsibility for it.

"The danger for the GAA, if this kind of stuff keeps on going, will be forced to act. There is probably pressure in terms of insurance. That type of childish, immature behaviour will ruin it for everyone."

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