Seán Moran: Spillane entirely justified in Connolly comments

Pundit merely addressed the incident, the rule book provision and its attendant ban

Jim Gavin: took exception to Pat Spillane’s comments about Dermot Connolly on The Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Jim Gavin: took exception to Pat Spillane’s comments about Dermot Connolly on The Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Is Pat Spillane to be allowed to comment on anything that might affect Kerry? Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s tour de force media conference came as a matter of bafflement to most present and you’d imagine those elsewhere – apart from possibly in Westmeath, where it provided a welcome diversion from the grim realities of a 31-point defeat.

As mentioned here previously, there is a tendency to treat those found to have breached the playing rules as if they have been charged under criminal law. Gavin retraced this approach with Diarmuid Connolly, the Dublin footballer currently serving a 12-weeks suspension, by making copious references to his ‘good name’ and how it had been ‘attacked’.

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