Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran says that there should be 'mutual respect' between officials and managers.
Roscommon manager Kevin McStay is likely to face punishment following an interaction with match officials during his side's Super 8s defeat to Donegal, a result which means they cannot qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals.
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He was seen remonstrating with the officials as the teams made their way for the changing room at half-time, and footage has emerged of him throwing a ball which hit a linesman at the time.
McStay didn’t appear on the sideline for the second-half but told reporters after the game that he wasn’t sent off by referee Ciarán Brannagan.
McStay managed Curran and the St Brigid's club to an All-Ireland senior club title in 2013, and while Curran accepts that McStay will possibly come to 'regret' his actions, he can also understand the Roscommon manager's frustrations.
"It's very infuriating for a manager, we've all been there and will continue to be there," he told Damian Lawlor on the GAA Podcast.
There is a kind of 'see-no-evil-hear-no-evil' kind of concept in the GAA that these guys are given suits of armour and they are Lords and Gods over everybody.
"I suppose when you feel certain decisions should go with your side and they don't go with you... however there has to be a level of respect for officials from management and players.
"But I also acknowledge the point Kevin brought up as well in retrospect that officials have to have respect for players and management. He did draw attention [to it] maybe it was to draw attention away from his own misdemeanor, that there is a glaring lack of respect by some officials - not them all - towards management and players.
Kevin McStay throwing a ball at a linesman with "unerring accuracy" during the Roscommon-Donegal game pic.twitter.com/ZQsEWnX51H— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) July 22, 2018
"There is a kind of 'see-no-evil-hear-no-evil' kind of concept in the GAA that these guys are given suits of armour and they are Lords and Gods over everybody.
"I think it should be mutual, the respect towards them from management and players. I myself, can be very castigating towards them [officials]. If you can talk to a referee, make your valid point in terms of an indiscretion, that you're allowed to give it in a coherent manner without it being aggravating. Managers should be entitled to do that"
Curran added that there should be a mutual level of respect shared between officials, managers and players.
"What happens is that the officials themselves in many cases, feel they're above the law, and the law is there to protect both the player and the official.
"Kevin, I suppose, will regret what happened absolutely like we all do when we step over the line. Football is emotive, hurling is emotive, any field sport is emotive. Maybe sometimes we have to check our emotions as coaches and managers.
"Also, I think the referees and the lines people in particular - these people on sidelines trying to take charge of people on sidelines - there also has to be a cognisant reasoning that everybody is entitled to an opinion, we're not entitled to our own facts.
"If balanced, there's no issue. I hope Kevin's incident is drawn up but I hope that it's a balanced and fair appraisal on both sides."