Michael Duignan criticises player for 'absolutely despicable' dig at opponent's testicles

Michael Duignan criticises player for 'absolutely despicable' dig at opponent's testicles
Barry Murphy of Limerick and Adrian Tuohy of Galway tussle off the ball at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Michael Duignan has criticised Adrian Tuohy for a "despicable" dig at an opponent's testicles, writes Stephen Barry.

The Galway corner-back was tangling with Limerick's Barry Murphy when he prodded his hurley into Murphy's groin area.

Duignan revealed he has suffered a bad injury to that area, and the former Offaly hurler added such digs have the potential to be life-changing for those on the receiving end.

"To me it's absolutely despicable," said Duignan on RTÉ's Allianz League Sunday.

"A belt into the testicles like that... You might give a lad a dig into the stomach, or a belt, but hurling people don't do that.

"Amazingly, Cathal McAllister goes over to the All-Ireland referee, Fergal Horgan, on the line and asked him did he see it.

"He obviously saw something, because he gave him the card. How can he give a yellow card? What sort of an example are we showing?

"We all played the game hard and there often would be belts given, but that sort of an incident - and I had a bad injury myself in that area, and my young lad had last year as well - is not nice. It's life-changing.

"Barry Murphy is very lucky that he wasn't badly hurt. He got up and played a very good second-half."

Former Clare and Dublin manager Anthony Daly added "that's OTT and Adrian Tuohy is very lucky there".

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