Mayo Mick says his pitchside entrance "will never happen again"

The Mayo fan who sprang to public attention with his incursion onto the Gaelic Grounds pitch following Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final replay said: "It will never happen again."

Mick Barrett became the focus of the television cameras after Saturday’s tempestuous clash when he stormed onto the pitch in Limerick, seemingly intent on having a few words with referee Cormac Reilly.

It ultimately took five men to escort him from the field, as the Castlebar man became the talk of social media following a match already being hailed as a modern-day classic.

However, Kerry were the victors and yesterday Mick was adamant that “the standard of the refereeing is going to have to be looked at”.

Of his pitch invasion, he said: “It will never happen again, but it happened in the spur of the minute. Maybe it was wrong, it was spur of the minute, but I did nothing wrong.”

He said he took issue with numerous refereeing decisions, not just on Saturday but in the drawn encounter the previous Sunday in Croke Park. “It is not the way to handle it but how are you going to get these points across?” he said. “All I was going to do was I wanted to know why the referee was allowing what was going on.”

He added that if the match had been replayed in Croke Park, and not the Gaelic Grounds, he would not have been able to get onto the pitch in the first place.

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