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Clare Joint-Manager Says Abuse Of Players 'Shouldn't Be Tolerated'

Clare Joint-Manager Says Abuse Of Players 'Shouldn't Be Tolerated'

Clare joint-manager Donal Moloney has said the abuse which Banner players received in the build-up to the final game of the Munster Hurling Championship against Cork is not acceptable.

"For us, it's fine," Moloney told RTÉ.

"We've been around a long time. We've had great days with Clare and if people want to throw stuff at us, then fine, but come out from behind the typewriter.

"For the players, where some of them were during the week, that shouldn't be tolerated."

Moloney would not be drawn on whether or not he wants to remain on as part of the Banner management team.

"We're a long time involved now," Moloney said regarding himself and Gerry O'Connor.

"We'll take stock, talk to the county board and see where things go."

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Despite beating Cork at Cusack Park on Sunday, Clare exited the championship with the other game in the group, Tipperary vs Limerick, not ending in the result required for them to progress. Clare needed a Limerick win or draw to reach the All-Ireland series.

Moloney agreed that while the performance was deserving of praise, it came far too late.

"Taking today on its merits, we're just so proud of our players. It's sometimes easy to win games when you've got momentum behind you and a lot of confidence. When you're flat on the floor and you've got to get up and fight for your life and turn in a performance like that, then great credit is due to our players for what they've done this week.

"It's been a crazy week. We turned in two under par performances. Tipp and Limerick got the better of us and quite significantly. These are the most successful group of young men who have ever represented our county. Today, they just threw everything at it. We were not aware that Tipperary were beating Limerick, so we had to fight tooth and nail through the game.

"We met Friday night. We met yesterday, all the players. We were going to do this for each other today, there was no backing down and defeat was not going to be tolerated."

See Also: O'Connor Sent Off As Clare Tear Into Cork In Crucial Munster Championship Clash

PJ Browne
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