Cavan players to get word of warning on sledging

Cavan chairman Gerry Brady has revealed their senior football management will speak to players about avoiding verbals ahead of Sunday’s Ulster quarter-final derby with Monaghan.

Cavan players to get word of warning on sledging

It comes after Sunday’s provincial opener in Ballybofey where both Donegal and Tyrone indulged in sledging.

Sean Cavanagh has warned there will be a repeat of it in Kingspan Breffni Park. “Cavan play Monaghan this weekend, and I’ve no doubt it’ll be rife there as well,” he said.

The issue is more pertinent for the next Ulster clash, as Cavan’s Gearoid McKiernan was suspended for two games after Cavan’s defeat to Monaghan in the McKenna Cup last January when he was adjudged to have made a sectarian remark to opponent Drew Wylie. McKiernan, who was sent off for the comments, offered a personal apology to Wylie. Paul Finlay was also red carded for reacting to McKiernan.

There is a spotlight on Cavan, but Brady is confident Terry Hyland will lay down the importance of discipline in what is sure to be an intense meeting. “I know from our team management’s point of view that the players will be instructed to go out and put an emphasis on playing the ball and our full concentration is in that area. We definitely wouldn’t be condoning any off-the-ball incidents, verbals or anything else. It’s something Terry and the management wouldn’t be encouraging.

“I think there is an onus on both sides to make sure that they deliver a prime, competitive championship game of football and keep all other elements out of the equation.”

Brady said that what happened last January was deeply regrettable, but he doesn’t believe it will have an impact on Sunday’s game.

“It was dealt with, we accepted the findings. We’ve moved on and we don’t want to go back and start talking about games that happened in January. I don’t think there’s going to be any concerns from our point view or from the Monaghan players’, management’s or county board’s point of view.”

Armagh’s Padraig Hughes referees Sunday’s game, just as another Ulster man, Cavan’s Joe McQuillan, took charge of the Donegal-Tyrone match.

However, Laois’s Maurice Deegan will officiate the Fermanagh-Antrim quarter-final on Sunday week. Brady pays little mind to another appointment from within the province. “I don’t think it really matters who you get. They’re all up to a very high standard. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Ulster, Leinster, Munster or Connacht referee. We’ll abide by their decisions.”

Brady anticipates 15,000 spectators will attend. “There’s going to a serious buzz and atmosphere around the town and in the stadium.”

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