RTÉ’s mics hear Davy cry foul

RTÉ received three complaints about the bad language picked up by a sideline microphone during their live coverage of the Waterford-Limerick Munster SHC semi-final on Sunday afternoon.

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald was heard cursing in disagreement with a decision by referee Barry Kelly towards the end of the first half.

“We only received a very small number of complaints,” confirmed RTÉ press officer Tara O’Brien.

RTÉ’s footage of the game is still available online on their media player.

Fitzgerald remonstrated with Kelly that Gavin O’Mahony was the third man into a tackle after Shane Walsh fouled Seamus Hickey.

Walsh was yellow-carded for the action but Fitzgerald was incensed that there wasn’t a throw-in given after O’Mahony got involved with Maurice Shanahan where the foul took place.

“What about the reaction?” Fitzgerald shouted towards Kelly. “It has to be a throw-in. He retaliated. It has to be a throw-in.

“Ah for f**k’s sake Barry, that’s f**king bulls**t.”

With the RTÉ cameras trained on Fitzgerald on the sideline, commentator Marty Morrissey remarked: “I don’t think he’s happy.”

Morrissey’s match analyst, former Offaly hurler Michael Duignan said Fitzgerald’s grievance with the decision was justified.

“Davy’s making the point that the third man in Gavin O’Mahony should be booked. The rule is he should be booked and it should be a throw-in so to be fair I think Davy is right.”

On viewing the replay, Duignan said: “Gavin O’Mahony was booked a minute ago but it’s a bit of a mistimed tackle (by Walsh). He got a yellow card. Maurice Shanahan is in there and Gavin O’Mahony comes into the picture. It was only a little shoulder. You couldn’t see a player off for that but technically they say the third man should be yellow carded but you couldn’t send a man off for that.”

Speaking on RTE Radio One yesterday evening, Fitzgerald said: “There’s no offence meant in that. That’s my personality.

“I think you can see I was probably right with the incident. I wouldn’t be having a go at Gavin O’Mahony because I like the guy but when you come in after a foul is committed and he’s the other guy naturally you expect the ball to be thrown in. There are pluses and minuses in every game and certainly you get heated on the sideline. But there are a lot more managers out there who get heated but the microphone doesn’t have it.’’

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