Charlie Redmond has hit back strongly at Jim McGuinness’s suggestion that Jim Gavin should back down from his staunch defence of Diarmuid Connolly, and said the Dublin manager "has stood up for his player in a way that Jim McGuinness never did or never could do".

Dublin opted not to undertake one-to-one broadcast interviews following their 31-point win over Westmeath in the Leinster Football Championship semi-final on Sunday.

The decision was related to coverage of the incident with Connolly which saw the forward banned for 12 weeks after their game against Carlow, with Gavin claiming there was an "assault on [Connolly's] good name" through the media analysis of it, particularly on The Sunday Game.

In his Irish Times column, McGuinness wrote: "I do feel [Gavin]  made a mistake in this instance and the smart thing to do would be to retract the comments.

"Dublin are a big team and a big entity. Gavin is the top manager in the country. There is a responsibility that comes with that. This was a clear-cut incident: one of his players infringed and had to be punished."

"Jim Gavin has stood up for his player in a way that Jim McGuinness never did or never could do, because... there's a huge amount of loyalty within this Dublin team.

Redmond, speaking to 98fm Sport, claimed Gavin was merely protecting his player, and accused McGuinness of bringing "Gaelic games to depths that it has never seen previously", in reference to his defensive style when in charge of Donegal.

"Whatever Jim McGuinness says, I just completely disregard because that man brought Gaelic games to depths that it has never seen previously," said the former Dublin forward.

"That man's standing with me... he has none.

"Jim Gavin has stood up for his player in a way that Jim McGuinness never did or never could do, because... there's a huge amount of loyalty within this Dublin team.

"When somebody wrongs a Dublin player, and the Dublin people believe that Diarmuid Connolly was wronged, they are going to stand up and they are going to fight for him.

"And they're going to fight tooth and nail to make sure that player is represented. These players are fighting tooth and nail to give Diarmuid Connolly a chance to get back to Croke Park, albeit in a semi-final or a final if we can get there.

"They want Diarmuid Connolly to go on to Croke Park at some stage in this championship season and that's their goal."