KILKENNY BOSS BRIAN Cody last night insisted that Joe Canning’s description last week of Henry Shefflin being ‘unsportsmanlike’ will not influence his team’s preparations for Sunday week’s All-Ireland final replay.
At a media briefing ahead of the game, Cody expressed his view that the context in which Canning spoke must be factored into the equation and believes that huge respect exists between the Portumna sharpshooter and his Ballyhale Shamrocks counterpart.
“I haven’t been reading the papers, which is no reflection on yourselves, of course, but I’d be very stupid to pretend I didn’t hear what was reported as said by Joe (Canning),” remarked Cody.
“It makes no difference in the slightest to me and has never been mentioned in our dressing-room. It’s not as if we all don’t know each other. I know Joe Canning and have met him many times. I would be absolutely certain that he has huge respect for Henry Shefflin, and I know for a fact Henry has huge respect for Joe.
“The words may have been said but there’s a context to the whole thing as well. I don’t know the context. I know that there is huge respect between all the players and I don’t know of any player who believes Henry Shefflin is unsporting.
“I know for a fact – I don’t need to check it out – that he doesn’t think that. He’s competitive, certainly, but it’s made no difference to us. It hasn’t been mentioned by anyone in our dressing-room.”
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