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Jackie Tyrell Calls For 'Accountability' For Players Who Feign Injury

Jackie Tyrell Calls For 'Accountability' For Players Who Feign Injury
By Luke Delaney
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Simulation remains the big talking point from the weekend's GAA action.

Nin- time All Ireland hurling winner Jackie Tyrell has shared his views on this weekend's controversial sending-off of Limerick's Gearóid Hegarty, who was shown two controversial yellow cards during his side's draw with Clare.

Speaking on the RTE GAA Podcast this week, Tyrell called for 'accountability' for players who feign injury.

Tyrell's comments on the RTE GAA Podcast

"I thought the big issue was how the Clare defender went down and made out he was shot."

"I think the accountability needs to be on the players that are feigning injury and that are going down and making this bigger than it is.

"How does he go about playing the game and putting in huge tackle counts every week? Of course his hurl is going to be in areas where it's going to be up or someone could wrap it around them and go down.

"But you hope in the spirit of the game that lads aren't going to feign injury. If that's the road we're going down, then we're in trouble because we can't lose that physicality."

Gearóid Hegarty was shown his first yellow card of the game after attempting to take a quick sideline ball. The Limerick man was then shown his second yellow card after a tussle with Clare's Aaron Fitzgerald in the closing stages.

It's the second time this season that Hegarty has been sent off and Jackie Tyrell believes that the 2020 Hurler of the Year is being watched and targeted more than other players.

"Gearóid Hegarty is a big physical man, he plays on the edge. Sometimes he fouls, sometimes he doesn't. But he's definitely being watched. He didn't do anything wrong yesterday and somehow he found himself on the sideline. That must be hugely frustrating. He's being spoken about this week and he did nothing wrong."


You can listen to the full episode of the RTE GAA Podcast here.


Andy McEntee questions Jordan Morris' red against Dublin

Jackie Tyrell isn't the only person to question players feigning injuries in the GAA, as Meath boss Andy McEntee expressed his disappointment at Lee Gannon's reaction to a shove from Jordan Morris in the Leinster SFC semifinal.


Speaking to reporters after his side's defeat McEntee said:

"If a young Dublin player, when they're ten or 12 points up, thinks it's worth taking a dive when he gets a slap on the chest... it's something that is creeping into the game and it's disappointing."

"I didn't get to see it back but it happened right in front of me. I could hear the slap on his chest. Is that sending off? Maybe it is, I don't know."

It was certainly a weekend full of diving accusations and drama but whether this will be dealt with by referees and the GAA, is yet to be known.


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