Kilkenny great Eddie Keher has voiced his disappointment at Joe Canning’s comments questioning Henry Shefflin’s sportsmanship.
Galway’s Canning accused Shefflin of being unsportsmanlike during the drawn All-Ireland SHC final between the counties last Sunday, while also claiming that the Cats were ‘cuter’ when dealing with referees.
Canning said: "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.”
And six-time All-Ireland winner Keher has entered the argument telling the Irish Examiner: "All the comments coming from Kilkenny after the match were very complimentary towards Galway and towards Joe Canning himself, the way he took that last free.
"I think that’s a very disappointing comment to make about probably one of the greatest hurlers to ever play the game, and a thorough gentleman at that.
"We’d hate in Kilkenny to have someone of the stature of Joe Canning making a remark like that."
"We’d hate in Kilkenny to have someone of the stature of Joe Canning making a remark like that" - Eddie Keher
Keher went further in his defence of Shefflin, adding that Galway were themselves guilty of trying to influence the referee by diving: "How would Henry influence a referee? Everyone is getting at Kilkenny for the last while, trying to turn everything against us.
“We know everyone outside Kilkenny would like to see us beaten but all this talk of influencing referees. What way did we influence the referee against Tipperary?
"Fellas from Kilkenny get belted and just get up, get on with the game and that’s the kind of manly behaviour I like to see in hurling. Don’t be lying down looking for the free or for fellas to be carded.
“It’s very irritating and it happened last Sunday, [Galway] fellas diving a bit when Kilkenny were getting on a roll and the medics coming in, to try to slow the game down. There was a lot of that kind of thing going on."