Davy Fitzgerald has hit out at a member of the Clare backroom team who he felt jeered him during Waterford's Munster senior hurling championship clash with his home county on Saturday evening.
Waterford suffered their third straight defeat in the round robin stage as Brian Lohan's side secured a comfortable twelve point victory.
The defeat sees the Déise make a humiliating early exit from the championship, with only one win from their fifteen Munster round robin games.
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Fitzgerald was left aggrieved at half-time following what were apparently tense scenes as the players made their way back into the dressing rooms.
Two backroom staff personnel, one from each side, were sent off by referee John Keenan from Wicklow.
It is alleged that the Clare backroom staff member said something to Fitzgerald that he didn't like but he was not prepared to discuss it in detail post-game.
“What happens in the heat, happens in the heat,” Fitzgerald told reporters.
“That’s the way it goes. And lads I’ll always say this, there will be another day. People can smile, there’ll be another day. There will always be another day.
“I won’t take anything personal. I’m used to getting battered over the last few years and that’s fine, work away. I’m f*****g going no place.”
Davy Fitzgerald blasts Clare "clowns"
He also hit out at "clowns" from Clare who he was from impressed with, when talking about how he wasn't prepared to give Tipperary an easy game in their final round robin fixture.
“I can’t tell you that we’ll come out and be unreal but my mentality now is the easiest thing is to put up the white flag.
“You see one of the clowns there from Clare looking at me, laughing and having a great time that has no place.
“I hate that bullshit.
However, he ultimately seemed to forgive Clare wishing them well for the remainder of the championship.
“I will 100% say to you now that I really hope Clare do as good as they can and bring silverware back. None of us in Waterford will have a thing with that."
Fitzgerald hopes to stay on as Waterford manager but after a disastorous campaign that saw his tactics torn to shreds that decision may be out of his hands.