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Joe Canning accuses Henry Shefflin of being unsportsmanlike after comments to referee

Updated: Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 17:26 | Comments

Henry Shefflin speaks to referee Barry Kelly at the final whistle
Henry Shefflin speaks to referee Barry Kelly at the final whistle

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Galway's Joe Canning has accused Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin of being unsportsmanlike during last Sunday's drawn All-Ireland SHC final, but admits he would also have taken a point from the late penalty.

Canning also believes the Cats are 'cuter' when dealing with referees saying in The Irish Times: "I suppose they are a bit cuter.

"In one instance in the first half, Henry ran 30 or 40 yards down the field and was giving out to Barry Kelly and Damien Hayes for a free.

"That's not sportsmanlike either at the same stage. That's the way it goes - that’s probably the experience they have.

"Hopefully we can get that and use it to our advantage as well. You need everything you can get during those games."

Canning, who admitted he mishit the late free that sees the sides meet again on 30 September, also said Kilkenny defender JJ Delaney was unhappy with Shefflin's decision to settle for a point from the late penalty when the sides were level.

"In one instance in the first half, Henry ran 30 or 40 yards down the field and was giving out to Barry Kelly" - Joe Canning

Canning added: “JJ wasn’t too impressed anyway behind me! He thought he should have went for it as well.

“People asked me after what I would have done. I probably would have went for a point as well because at that time of the game, a point was very crucial. If he missed it, people would said why didn’t he tap it over the bar.

“It’s a very thin line and he’s probably the most experienced player on the pitch. At the time, he thought it was the right thing to do.

“If it was saved and we went down the pitch and got a point or a goal, it could have swung things in our favour. He probably took the right decision at that time in the match.”

Canning added: “He (Delaney) probably would have went for it himself. ‘I’ll just put it that way!’”

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