Satirical rugby song lands radio station in the sin bin

MUNSTER rugby players crash-tackled a Limerick radio station over a song poking fun at their Heineken Cup opponents, Leinster.

A bruised Limerick Live 95FM yesterday pulled the plug on an in-house recording, The Munster Roar, and placed it in their sin bin after a verbal mauling from the Munster camp.

To the music of the Smokey hit, Alice, the lyrics slag off some Leinster players and the Dublin 4 rugby set.

Munster team spokesman Pat Geraghty contacted the head of the station, David Tighe, expressing concern about the song.

Mr Geraghty said: "Members of the squad, particularly Limerick players along with management, felt it was extremely disrespectful to our opponents next Sunday disrespectful to a very good side.

"This has never been the Munster way and we conveyed this message to the radio station."

He said Munster players and supporters have always represented what was best in sport.

"We did not want to be associated in any way with this.

"If somebody in Dublin did something like this about us, we would be extremely cross," Mr Geraghty said.

Mr Tighe said yesterday they decided to take the offending song off the air.

"We have very good relations with Munster rugby and in the spirit of that, we have decided to drop the song," he said.

A member of the production unit at the station, Eric Murphy, penned the contentious lyrics and it was sung by radio staff, calling themselves the Packet and Tripe Singers.

It drew a huge response from listeners and the station was inundated with requests to have it played.

But lines such as "Who the f.... are Leinster?" and "We're going to kick their f....ing ass" with the expletives bleeped out proved too much for Munster players and officials.

It is believed that the request to drop the song came from a number of players who were concerned about its tone.

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