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Stephen Rochford Says It Was "Very Coincidental" That Lee Keegan Was Targeted By Former Dublin Players

Stephen Rochford Says It Was "Very Coincidental" That Lee Keegan Was Targeted By Former Dublin Players

For the second year in a row, Dublin will face Mayo in the All-Ireland Football Final.

Ahead of last year's replay, a number of Dublin players all wrote or spoke about Lee Keegan's clashes with Diarmuid Connolly in the drawn match.

The "agenda" against Keegan did not go unnoticed, and the future Footballer of the Year ended up with a black card in the second game.

Speaking to Off the Ball, ahead of Sunday week's game, the Mayo boss Stephen Rochford said he is prepared for a similar occurrence this year, but admits there is nothing he can do to stop it.

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It's outside your control.

I've no doubt that there was - it was very coincidental that it all seemed to happen in one week. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on how Lee Keegan played and they all seemed to be former Dublin players.

He ends up picking up an unfortunate black card midway through the first half. A lot of it seems very coincidental.

It's something that we dont look to get distracted by. We didn't feel we were distracted by it last year.

We just need to maintain a focus on what's going to happen between the white lines of the pitch. Hopefully the referee will be a strong enough character to deal with that.

With just over a week to go until the big game, the newspapers from Sunday onwards will be full of articles by former players on both Mayo's and Dublin's stars. Rochford will be ready.

SEE ALSO: Lee Keegan Hysteria Has Now Escalated Into #ThingsLeeDid

Daniel Kelly

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