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IT is very hard to be critical of Mickey Harte these days, but the Tyrone manager really does owe an apology to Meath referee David Coldrick and those of us with any intelligence who watched his team lose to Kerry last Saturday. Harte was incensed in his post-match interview that Coldrick sent substitute Brian McGuigan off for his altercation with Declan O’Sullivan just two minutes after he entered the fray. Truth is, McGuigan fully deserved the red card for his actions in a match full of cynical negativity, much of it from Tyrone. If Mickey watches the video replay with his eyes wide open then he will have to admit as much. Then he can apologize to the referee.
THOSE who threw tacks down on the road to disrupt the Tour de France cyclists deserve nothing but scorn. The race may have had its problems of late, but it is still one of sport’s greatest events and the riders should, at the very least, be treated with respect, and not have their lives put at risk by punctures.
Showjumping wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but you have to ask why it hit the headlines again over the weekend with a petty internal squabble about hypersensitive horses that ended with Denis Lynch being thrown off the Olympic team for the second time in four years. He’s been replaced by Cian O’Connor, a man with his own Olympic history, on a team the Irish public will rapidly lose interest in if this sort of behavior continues.
There weren’t that many people at the game at Dalymount Park. That much is a given now for domestic Irish football and nobody is really doing anything to sort it out.
In fact, the 30,000 Ireland fans who went to Poland for the European Championships would dwarf the total attendance for the Airtricity League of Ireland on any weekend.