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McGuinness bans journalist from post-match press conference

The Donegal manager refused to begin until Declan Bogue had left the room this evening.

McGuinness with his son Jim Jr and Sam Maguire.
McGuinness with his son Jim Jr and Sam Maguire.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

THERE WAS CONTROVERSY during Jim McGuinness’ post-match press conference this evening as the Donegal manager refused to take part until a journalist had left the room.

Having just led the county to a second ever Sam Maguire win – their first since 1992 — McGuinness entered the customary media briefing and, upon taking his seat, briefly spoke to GAA communications staff before walking out again.

Declan Bogue of the Belfast Telegraph was then informed by GAA press officer Siobhan Brady that McGuinness would not return while he remained present. Bogue agreed to leave and McGuinness soon came back in.

Gaelic Life tweeted:

The pair have history as a book by the Fermanagh journalist released in 2011 led to McGuinness dropping All-Star defender Kevin Cassidy from the Donegal inter-county panel.

The Gweedore man had made comments about McGuinness’ training methods in ‘This Is Our Year’, which prompted him to remove Cassidy last November.

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