JBM: Focus on Nash ‘a circus’

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has described the focus on Anthony Nash’s penalty technique as "unfair" and "a circus".

JBM: Focus on Nash ‘a circus’

“I think it’s unfair the way it’s been targeted at one man,” said Barry-Murphy last night.

“He perfected a certain situation that has been there for many, many years. You can argue the pros and cons night and day about the safety issues, I don’t want to comment on that really.

“It’s a situation that has developed and which has become a bit of a circus, really. There are other players trying it now as well, and the melee last Sunday after the penalty didn’t help either.

“As far as I’m concerned the rules will be there on the day, let the referee do his job and we’ll abide by the rules.”

Barry-Murphy said his side will abide by the new ruling issued by the GAA last evening to cover frees.

“We’re all a bit tired by it now at this stage, we’re resigned to the fact a direction has been given about the procedure, the ball not being struck inside the 20 metre line — that a player can’t throw the ball beyond the line.

“I’m long enough in the game to know that whatever rules are applied on the day we’ll abide by them and let the referee enforce the rules on the day. We have no problem with that. My understanding is that it’ll be made quite clear before the weekend.”

The Cork boss said his squad are injury-free.

“We have a full panel to pick from, Damien Cahalane had a it of a knock but he’ll be fine. Everyone is available for next Sunday.”

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