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Sean Cavanagh Has Explained Why He Will Never Join Twitter

Sean Cavanagh Has Explained Why He Will Never Join Twitter
By PJ Browne
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Sean Cavanagh is the latest GAA personality to speak up about the Twitter abuse which Paddy O'Rourke received following Meath's defeat to Westmeath on Sunday.

The keeper was sent off late in the game and later retweeted much of the abuse sent his way via social media. It included a tweet from one individual who stated - 'Don't think I wouldn't knife you brother'.

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Cavanagh told the Irish Daily Star that this type of invective means he will never join Twitter.

It gets to me that people out there are on Twitter firing stones and are going to give abuse when things don't go their way.

One of the reasons that I don't go on is that I don't want to give people the opportunity to abuse me.

As a player, it's possibly not something I would like... I wouldn't like people coming up to you on the street abusing you that way, and I wouldn't like to see it sitting at home either.

Like Conor Cusack, Cavanagh also raised the issue of the psychological effects which being the subject of such abuse can have on players.

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Players can be fragile as well, nobody knows what's going on in terms of their psychological make-up.

Whenever people are sending these messages, they obviously don't think and generally players are in a bad place after they lose a big championship game and it doesn't help things.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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