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Davy Fitzgerald laughs off TJ Ryan criticism over tackling

Updated: Monday, 20 Jan 2014 12:42 | Comments

Fitzgerald: 'Welcome to the big league TJ'
Fitzgerald: 'Welcome to the big league TJ'

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald has shrugged off criticism of his side’s tackling by Limerick co-manager TJ Ryan, saying the Treaty man is “off the charts”.

Ryan made his comments after Clare beat their neighbours 1-14 to 0-11 in Sunday’s Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final in Sixmilebridge.

The game was a full-blooded enounter, with six players earning yellow cards, and Ryan, who is co-boss of Limerick along with Donal O’Grady, took issue with the All-Ireland champions' defensive approach.

"I was dubious enough about some of this new Clare tackling system,” he said.

“I don't know how it's seen from a refereeing point of view. When a guy loses the ball he gets wrapped up, then the third man in picks up the ball.

“I don't know if that's a Waterford Crystal rule or a league rule. Another guy comes in and he's wrapped up, then a third man comes in and takes away the ball. Is that legal? We'll have to look at it.

"There's a lot of it happening so, if you can't beat them, join them, isn't that what they say," said Ryan.

Fitzgerald laughed off the Limerick man’s complaints however, saying: "I think TJ is off the charts. That's ridiculous stuff. Welcome to the big league TJ."

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