Brian Cody and the Kilkenny County Board have apologised to Anthony Daly and the Dublin County Board for the unprovoked attack by a patron on the Clare native at Nowlan Park on Sunday.
County secretary Ned Quinn last night stated: “The Kilkenny County Board have apologised to Dublin for an incident involving one spectator at the end of the game.”
Quinn could not make any further comment as it remains to be seen whether the board will take further action against the individual in question.
However, Kilkenny are likely to review match-day protocols in relation to the amount of stewarding around the substitutes/management sideline areas.
Dublin chairman Andy Kettle revealed Cody and Quinn were quick to express their regret for the incident, which took place at the final whistle.
With Dublin’s footballers in Newry, Kettle didn’t attend the hurling game but spoke to Daly about the matter.
“An incident took place, a man came out onto the pitch from the stand and jumped on Anthony’s back and a few unparliamentary words were said to Anthony.
“The Kilkenny County Board, through Ned Quinn, were quick to apologise, as was Brian Cody. Nobody likes to see these things. As far as we’re concerned, we won’t take it any further.
“If the Kilkenny County Board want to take further action, that is entirely up to them. Anthony didn’t want to make a big deal of it. His focus is entirely on Tipperary next Saturday.”
Kettle believes adequate stewarding remains an issue for a number of counties.
“The stewards that populate our grounds are all there voluntarily and sometimes you don’t get the quotas you’re looking for.
“Then again, if somebody is so determined to do something, it is very difficult to stop them doing it.
“Also on Sunday, stewards in Portlaoise had to restrain Armagh selector Paul Grimley from remonstrating with referee Michael Duffy.”
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