Davy Fitzgerald unhappy with refereeing decisions

Updated: Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 23:54 | Comments

Wexford manager Liam Dunne commiserates with Davy Fitzgerald (R) after the game.
Wexford manager Liam Dunne commiserates with Davy Fitzgerald (R) after the game.


Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald criticised referee Johnny Ryan's performance after his side's shock championship exit at the hands of Wexford.

Ryan sent off Brendan Bugler and Jack Browne for an off-the-ball incident and two yellow cards respectively.

“To say we were unlucky doesn’t say it. The best thing is to say nothing but fair play to Wexford they played tremendous stuff again,” Fitzgerald told RTÉ Sport.

“Maybe [the sending offs] were warranted but maybe there were other instances warranted as well.

“There is no point complaining, no matter if Johnny Ryan gives three or four times as many frees to [Wexford] and tells me they are frees and doesn’t give them to us, I can’t say anything. We’ve no complaints.

“I can’t understand, in extra time, John Conlon and Aaron Cunningham being pulled down and he gives a free out when they were clearly being pulled and we were a point down.”

Fitzgerald hailed his side's spirit in forcing extra-time with just 13 men and warned the 2013 All-Ireland champions would challenge again next year.

“We in Clare are proud of what we did last year," he said. "I’m so proud of what the boys done this year. We were down to 13 fellas and two points down again but we hung tough. It was just tough in the end.”

“Fair play to Wexford and the way they played but I’ll tell you one thing, we will regroup and we will come back again.

“We’re fighters and I’m so proud of those guys with all the adversity that was  put their way this year.

“They’re devastated, they’re frustrated but they showed what they are made of and fair play to them.”

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