JJ Delaney Criticises Wexford Hurler For Going Down Too Easily

Former Kilkenny star, JJ Delaney, has criticised a Wexford hurler…

Speaking at the SKY TV launch of their Championship coverage, Delaney noted his disappointment with “the Wexford guy.”

The Wexford individual that he was speaking of was Wexford’s corner-back, Simon Donohoe.

Waterford’s Austin Gleeson was handed a straight red card after striking Simon Donohoe in the dying moments of the Allianz Hurling League final between Wexford and Waterford last weekend.

Speaking at the launch, JJ Delaney argued that:

“It was minimal contact, really. Okay, he shouldn’t have done what he did. A yellow card would have sorted that out. I don’t think it was a red card. I just think that the reaction of players is forcing the referee’s hand a bit. It’s happening too much in the game for the last two or three years. For a referee to do something with the guy who’s falling down as well.” 

The former Kilkenny star and multiple All-Ireland winner stated that it’s beginning to creep into the game of hurling and that he’s not happy with it:

“I think it’s creeping into the game a bit too much. Lads are shouting and roaring and getting a free because of it. It has to be stamped out at inter-county because it filters back down,” said Delaney.

“Now he did strike him – I’m not saying he didn’t – but it was very, very minimal. It was a yellow card. I know the letter of the law you’re saying, striking with the hurl. But it really was minimal,” he said.

It’s the second former GAA player to come out and criticise a Wexford player following last weekend’s clash with Waterford. Recently, Clare’s Ollie Baker criticised Wexford’s Jack O’Connor after he threw a hurl at the Waterford goalkeeper in an attempt to block the ball.

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