Davy Fitzgerald has responded to accusations made by Clare All-Ireland winner Davy O'Halloran. Speaking to the Irish Times, O'Halloran claimed that he and another member of the panel, Nicky O'Connell, were "humiliated" by the Clare manager in front of teammates. This was part of punishment for being out two nights before an Allianz League game against Galway. Both have since left the county panel.
RTÉ's Brian Carty interviewed Fitzgerald after Clare's two point win over Dublin and asked about the matter.
Well, first of all Brian, I didn’t drop two, they left the panel and all I am going to say on this matter is myself and the management we're very happy that we treated everyone and would treat everyone the same way as we did. They are not bad lads but we are 100% certain that we do things by the book and there is a set of rules there and that is the way it is and they were implemented and that’s all it was Brian and I will not be saying one other word apart from that.
Fitzgerald agreed with Carty's summation that humiliation was a strong word for O'Halloran to use but denied the accusation.
It is (strong words), but it’s untrue. I am not going into it. That’s it, I have told you all I am going to Brian. All I am going to tell you is that there is no more coming whether you like it or you don’t.
O'Halloran also claimed that a more senior member of the panel had also been out but had not been punished. Fitzgerald also denied this and agreed with the RTÉ reporter that everyone had been treated fairly.
I am 110% certain of that. 110% certain of that. Everything is above board and fine. And I will not be talking about it, after I finish this comment it will not be coming up ever again.
Brian Carty pressed Fitzgerald with further questions but the Clare man refused to comment.
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