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Sunday 25 June 2017

Callanan: We're powerless to stop spread of vicious rumours

Tipp hurler Seamus Callanan at the Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps Breakfast Cook-Off held in top restaurant l’Ecrivain, Dublin
Tipp hurler Seamus Callanan at the Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps Breakfast Cook-Off held in top restaurant l’Ecrivain, Dublin

Seamus Callanan has consigned the rumours which circulated about both him and his team-mates to "the world of nonsense going around" about the Tipperary panel but said he and his team were "powerless" to stop their spread.

Callanan confirmed that the rumours propagated on social media after Tipperary's Munster SHC loss to Cork were "absolutely unfounded" and condemned those responsible.

"I presume it goes around a lot of other panels too," Callanan noted. " What can we do? We have no control over what people want to say about us - absolutely unfounded rumours, and we have no control over that.

"We just have to control the controllables going forward and concentrate on performance. Look, it's terrible that these rumours go around but we are kind of powerless over them."

All-Star corner-back Cathal Barrett was dropped from the panel Tipperary panel two weeks back for a breach of discipline.

Disgusting

That development then apparently spawned rumours of a falling out between senior players on the panel.

Offaly All-Ireland winner and RTÉ pundit Michael Duignan said the rumours which had been spread about the players via social media were "disgusting" while former Tipp star and manager Nicky English said the entire saga was "typical in Tipperary" after a big loss.

"It's very tough on the people who are central to those rumours and their families, and you know there's been a huge amount of rubbish all the week on social media," he said.

"Really, it's sad, to be honest."

Callanan said he hadn't been tempted to identify the source of the gossip and pointed out: "This is the age of social media, unfortunately. What can you do about it really?

"You have to drive on as a group and the only way we can answer anyone is on the hurling field.

"Positive or negative talk, in a way, you have to distance yourself from either.

"Because you have to concentrate on your training every night and your routine every day.

"Whether it's good stuff that's being said about you or bad stuff, neither of it is productive for GAA players to be looking at really.

"I think you just have to take it for what it is and move on."

Tipp will learn on Monday which team they will face in the qualifiers on July 1, with Division 1A teams from this year - Kilkenny, Dublin and one of Cork or Waterford set - to join the All-Ireland champions in the draw.

Backlash

Callanan says that Tipp have already absorbed their defeat to Cork, though he still couldn't explain the local reaction to what was a second major loss following their League final hiding by Galway.

"I suppose there is maybe an expectancy that we'll win every game and when we don't there is obviously a backlash," he pointed out.

"We'd set sights for ourselves that we'd win every day that you go out.

"There is big expectancy," Callanan concluded, "but we're doing our best, you know."

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