THE reported negative comments by Galway hurling star, Joe Canning, about Kilkenny star, Henry Shefflin after the drawn All-Ireland final didn’t cause a ripple of anger or discontent in the Noreside champions’ camp, and neither would they.
The contexts of the comments were not fully known, but Kilkenny manager Brian Cody insisted it was a non-issue as far as the National League champions were concerned.
“It wasn’t mentioned by anyone in our camp, not once, and it won’t be,” insisted Mr Cody when he answered questions about the matter at the Kilkenny press briefing before Sunday’s eagerly anticipated replay.
Mr Cody said he hasn’t been reading newspapers since the All-Ireland final but he would be very stupid to pretend he didn’t hear what was supposed to have been said - “or reported to be said by Joe.”
Canning appeared to question the behaviour of the eight times All-Ireland medal winner after running 30 or 40 yards to question a decision by the referee and the expression that such behaviour was “not sportsmanlike” was used, apparently.
“It makes no difference to me in the slightest, and it has not been mentioned in our dressing-room,” Cody said again.
“These lads all know each other. They all know Joe Canning and the kind of man he is. I have met Joe Canning many times.
“I would be absolutely certain he has huge respect for Henry Shefflin. I know for a fact Henry has huge respect for Joe Canning.”
Kilkenny’s final training session takes place this Friday evening at Nowlan Park, when the team for the replay will be named.