GAA chairman Oliver Mann has described the online abuse of Limerick’s hurlers in the wake of Saturday’s hammering to Dublin as unwarranted.
TJ Ryan’s charges were way off the pace in their league quarter-final bout at Croke Park, falling in the end by 12 points.
The implosion of the Limerick effort prompted a wave of online criticism, with the team labelled “shameful, embarrassing, the worst ever, lacking heart, uninterested, unprepared and unfit”.
One Limerick hurler was also singled out as being fat.
Chairman Mann said the online criticism was both unfair and hurtful.
“It is unwarranted,” he said. “When you are in there and see the commitment these lads give, they are amateurs and do give an incredible amount of time.
“Not alone are their own lives discommoded, their family lives and the lives of those around them are also discommoded to ensure they can prepare as best they can to represent Limerick.
“Nobody gives that kind of commitment likely.
“Not alone are the players affected by such criticism, so too are their families and extended families.
“They are all hurt by this criticism.
“The players are mature and probably used of being criticised, but a certain amount of it is bound to seep through. It is their immediate family who will probably be more affected because they see the sacrifices they are making to play inter-county hurling.”
Limerick top-brass will meet with TJ Ryan and his backroom team in the coming days to review a disappointing spring campaign. Mann insisted the county board executive has full confidence in the management and squad to “turn things around” ahead of their Munster championship opener against Tipperary on May 24.
“We will meet to try and get to the root of what went wrong and why the performance went array on Saturday.
“I know these players are very diligent. You don’t give the amount of time these lads give just to turn up, put on a jersey and go out and see how it goes.”
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