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Jimmy Barry Murphy: attacking team penalised by new 'Nash rule'

The Cork boss says his focus is on Clare rather than changes to the laws however.

JBM: no protests from Cork.
JBM: no protests from Cork.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

JIMMY BARRY MURPHY insists his Cork side are focused on Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final with Clare and not the ongoing penalty rule fiasco.

Last night, the GAA effectively banned the Anthony Nash style of taking a free strike.

“I heard during the week that that was going to be the case,” the Cork boss told Adrian Barry of Newstalk yesterday evening.

“Look, I’m only concerned with the Cork team here and what rules people in Dublin want to change and whatever they come up with on Sunday, is the way it’s going to be.

“It’s become a bit of a pain now at this stage to be honest about it,” Barry Murphy continues. “Everywhere we go people are on about it. At least now this will give some direction to the thing.

“The only thing is and the only slight concern I have is: is it taking away the advantage from the time who are getting the penalty and who were in the process of scoring or had the chance at scoring. So now they’re being penalised a bit in relation to the team who were meant to be penalised.

“Maybe they should look at it where just the goalkeeper stands in the goal or something and one person in the goal if it’s being struck from the 21.”

Stephen O’Keeffe’s brave save against Nash last weekend in Waterford’s defeat to the Rebels brought the issue to a head with those in GAA HQ. The Barrs clubman says there’ll be no protests from Leeside.

“As far as I’m concerned, all my life I’ve gone by the rules. The Central Council will issue a directive before the weekend I believe. We’ll abide by that and I just hope the referees interpret the rule and apply it properly at the weekend,” he says.

“As far as I’m concerned we’re worried about the game against Clare on Sunday, that’s my only concern. I’m not concerned about the interpretation of rules. Whatever ruling or directive that comes out we’ll abide by it and get on with the game.”

Listen to the full interview by Off The Ball’s Adrian Barry here 

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