TYRONE FORWARD BRIAN McGuigan stirred the lingering ill will between his county and Kerry yesterday when he labelled Declan O’Sullivan as ‘pure ignorant’.
McGuigan was red-carded after clashing with O’Sullivan in the 56th minute of Tyrone’s defeat to Kerry in Killarney last weekend.
Yesterday in his column with Gaelic LIfe, McGuigan was scathing in his criticism of O’Sullivan for his apparent glee after the red card was issued.
McGuigan admitted that the red card was fully merited and ‘completely stupid’ yet added:
“The one thing which is going to stick with me is the sight of Declan O’Sullivan smiling and sniggering when he got me sent off. I suppose it was a bit like when Cristiano Ronaldo gave the wink when he got Wayne Rooney sent off at the (2006) World Cup.”
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The Ardboe man added that he never had a problem with most Kerry players and cited happy memories with Tomas O’Se and Paul Galvin.
However, when it comes to O’Sullivan and Kerry captain Colm Cooper McGuigan says that, although they are ‘class players’, they always had a high opinion of themselves and; “they always gave the impression that they looked down on you.”
“I remember we (Tyrone) scored a last-gasp goal to beat Kerry in the National League up in Omagh,” recalled McGuigan, “I went to shake hands with O’Sullivan and he was just pure ignorant.
“Fair enough it was hard on them the way they lost, but there’s still a way to conduct yourself in a dignified manner. It’s important to win and lose in the right way.”