Galvin: I was spat at

by Michelle Fortune , 13 March 2013

Paul Galvin has confirmed he was spat on during last month’s All-Ireland intermediate club final between Finuge and Cookstown.

Video footage of the incident has been published on YouTube with the clip already securing over 34,000 views and Galvin has since issued a statement to confirm he was the victim of a spitting offence in the February 9 game.

"Further to recent YouTube footage and press reports relating to a spitting incident in last month’s Intermediate club final I would like to 100% confirm for the record that I was spat on during the game," Galvin said in a statement on his personal website.

Cookstown and Tyrone footballer Owen Mulligan claimed Finuge made “sick and vile sectarian abuse comments” during the game, something Galvin has denied.

"Furthermore I will utterly and unequivocally distance myself from claims made regarding verbal abuse during the game. That I have to defend myself or clarify my position in this regard is as disappointing as it is wrong," he added.

"I will also add that I made no comment or complaint, publicly or privately, at the time of the incident, as when the game finishes it is finished in my view and i have no interest in dragging this matter out. I am only doing so now as footage of the incident found its way into the public domain and for some reason I have been forced to confirm what I know to have happened.

"Finally I would like to congratulate Cookstown on their victory. I have played in 12 All-Ireland finals in both codes, winning 8, and this is one All Ireland I can live without.

"Tyrone football is full of men I admire greatly, men like Mickey Harte and Peter Canavan, who when I was 16 years old sought me out after a schools game against Cookstown and told me "you 'll play for your county one day son."

"Those words inspired me many times growing up. The path that the Kerry/Tyrone rivalry has taken of late disappoints me. Both counties are better than the bitterness and rancour that currently exists.

"I will make no further comment on the matter at this point."

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