Liam Rushe admits the last two weeks have been the toughest he's endured in his 8 years as a Dublin player.
A demoralising defeat to Galway in the opening game of the Leinster SHC led to the Boys in Blue being widely criticised by fans and pundits in the wake of the game.
After the heavy defeat in O’Connor Park against the newly crowned Allianz League champions, Ger Cunningham and his squad came in for some heavy criticism.
Liam Rushe, from the St. Pats club in Palmerstown has spoken out in the wake of comments made by pundits from around the country.
From the team’s performance and the performance of referee on the day, Barry Kelly, even as far as Rushe’s ankle socks, the GAA world appeared to focus on the Dublin side in quite a forceful manner.
“I can’t remember something as intense as that. There is a whole new sensationalist element involved in the GAA punditry at the moment.
“There’s a lot of former players out there, with a lot of medals, and a lot of commentators vying for very few positions so they want to be quoted and I think they are saying pretty ridiculous things.”
Rushe and his side were well beaten 2-28 to 1-17 by the Tribesmen, but pointed out that the sending off of Cian O’Callaghan changed the game completely and that it was simply a “crazy sending off.”
“I wouldn’t subject ourselves to heavy criticism, I think it was just a crazy sending off. You could say look at your discipline. I could say let’s look at those refereeing decisions, and see who is right.”
In the 2016 Championship, Chris Crummey was dismissed after two soft yellow cards against Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn which ultimately knocked the boys in blue out of competitive hurling in the qualifiers, but as Rushe states himself:
“There’s nothing you can do once the decision is made. It affects the game and once the game is over that’s it. There is no appeals once you’re out of the championship.”
You can listen to a clip from Liam Rushe's interview, he's been speaking to 98FM's Darren Cleary:
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