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Ger Loughnane under fire for 'fat' Offaly comments

Updated: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 19:18 | Comments

The Offaly team run out at O'Connor Park before their Walsh Cup game with Galway last month
The Offaly team run out at O'Connor Park before their Walsh Cup game with Galway last month

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Former Clare manager Ger Loughnane has come in for criticism over remarks he made about the state of Offaly hurling.

In a preview of the Allianz Hurling League, which starts this weekend, made in his column in the Irish Daily Star, Loughnane stated: “Of the 10 teams, Offaly have the greatest scope of all for improvement. But to me, they look like a county living in the Dark Ages.

The RTÉ Sport analyst added that Offaly were “the only team in the modern era where you still see players with fat legs, bellies and arses”.

Reacting to his comments, fellow RTÉ Sport pundit and double All-Ireland winner with Offaly Michael Duignan tweeted: “Cheap shot at very dedicated bunch of lads.Grossly unfair! Maybe we should get a full time manager!! #GerDidn'tInventHurling”. 

That sentiment was backed up by 1994 All-Ireland winner Daithi Regan, a former team-mate of Duignan, who wrote: “Someone give Ger a replica Liam McCarthy cup, stamp it 1998 "winners" then he might crawl back up his ass."

Offaly begin their Division 1B league campaign against Laois on Sunday in Tullamore at 2pm. 

Listen to the RTÉ Radio documentary 'Who fears to speak of '98?' here 

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