Sports Digest: Injuries still concern Celtic’s Neil Lennon
Jim McGuinness’s revenge after All-Ireland win, GAA shorts and soccer shorts
THE FAI have confirmed that Damien Duff will be awarded a cap for the June friendly in Hungary despite a doubt raised by FIFA over the referee’s credentials. As a result, Duff remains on 100 caps for his country after retiring from international football last month . . .
IRISHMEN Richie Foran and Conor Pepper both scored for Inverness as they drew 2-2 at Hibs in the Scottish Premier Division on Saturday. Former Sligo striker Eoin Doyle had scored for Hibs . . .
DROGHEDA United made a return to winning ways when they lifted the EA Sports Cup thanks to a 3-1 win over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium in Saturday’s final . . .
THE FAI have confirmed their plans to retain a 12 team Premier Division in the Airtricity League next season and will invite new applicants to join the First Division . . .
FORMER Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland broke an arm in Aston Villa’s defeat at Southampton on Saturday and could be out of action for a month . . .
SLIGO Rovers striker Mark Quigley has been named as player of the month for August by the Airtricity/Soccer Writers jury . . .
RICHARD Dunne remains an injury concern for Ireland’s big World Cup clash with Germany in Dublin next month.
Jim McGuinness’s revenge after All-Ireland win
Donegal boss Jim McGuinnessattempted to settle a few old scores in the aftermath of Sunday’s All-Ireland final win over Mayo.
The Sam Maguirewinner refused to address the post-match press conference until journalist Declan Bogue was removed from the room.
Bogue wrote the controversial book last year that saw Kevin Cassidy kicked off the Donegal squad by McGuinness for his comments in This Is Our Year.
After asking for Bogue to be removed from the Croke Park press conference room, McGuinness explained, “There was a book written. There were a lot of untruths in the book. There was a lot of things said about me.
“I’ve never broken court on it since the whole thing happened. I’ve held my dignity. I’ve let myself be castigated. And I done that because I gave somebody an agreement that I wouldn’t break my court on it.
“There were a lot of things said in the book that were incorrect and untrue, some of it possibly lies about me personally and about some of my players.
“It was all-out attack for a couple of months on my character. I know what I’ve done, I know what I’ve coached, I know what I am as a person. And that’s the situation.
“So I’m not going to let somebody sit in a room and fill their pages tomorrow on the back of what we done today when they in their wisdom degraded me as a person and some of my players.”
A clearly agitated McGuinness added, “Once things are printed in the media, it’s out there. Doesn’t matter if he turns around and 24 hours or three weeks or three months later and apologizes.
“The people who read it have made their mind up. The people who read that document have a concept in their head about me and personal issues with me and certain situations with my players that cannot be changed. That’s why I held my court.
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