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Poll: Has criticism of inter-county players and managers gone too far?

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Mayo's Aidan O'Shea takes a tumble against Fermanagh to win a controversial penalty.
Mayo's Aidan O'Shea takes a tumble against Fermanagh to win a controversial penalty.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE BRICKBATS FLEW hot and heavy over the weekend as Aidan O’Shea came under fire for his dive against Fermanagh in the football qualifier, while departing Meath boss Mick O’Dowd slammed “inflated egos acting as pundits that are just ripping decent people in the GAA apart.”

TJ Ryan, a thoroughly honourable and decent man, also came under fire from Limerick fans on social media after the Shannonsiders bowed out of the hurling championship.

Earlier in the year, Ryan lashed out at ‘vultures’ and critics with ‘hidden agendas’ against his squad as the pressure mounted.

Speaking after the Clare defeat, Ryan said: “If you look at some of what the analysts are saying — these are amateur players, they give up their lives to play hurling and football and they don’t deserve some of the things said about them.”

More recently, former Armagh boss Paul Grimley had a pop at Joe Brolly for his criticism of Kieran McGeeney.

These latest developments got us thinking about the current GAA climate where leading players and managers are considered fair game for pundits and fans alike.

But what do you think? Has the criticism of leading figures gone too far? 

You can have your say in our poll above and leave your feedback in the comments section below…

Poll Results:

Yes (3125)
No (1156)

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