FERMANAGH footballer Daniel Teague has sympathy for Tyrone even though they failed in their own bid to have an important league clash against Clare postponed last Autumn.
Teague was one of 11 Fermanagh players who contracted Covid-19 while a further seven were forced into isolation, but the GAA didn’t have much sympathy for their plight and the game went ahead as scheduled. Unsurprisingly, they lost.
Teague said: “The way I look at it, they shouldn’t be forced to play next weekend. I think Tyrone have the clout, they’re a big county, and if they said ‘you know what, we’re not playing it’, I think the GAA will have a big problem on their hands.
“At the end of the day, we’re hoping not to have a year or two like this again. If the All-Ireland final got put back to the third Sunday of September again, would it be the end of the world? In my opinion it definitely wouldn’t be. For the sake of the GAA’s integrity, they should give Tyrone another couple of weeks.
“What happens if Kerry get a bout about of it, God forbid? What’ll be done then? That’ll be some ****-show”.
A dual player who won his second Lory Meagher Cup medal with Fermanagh nearly a fortnight ago, Teague also said money is a major factor behind the GAA’s decision-making.
“I do feel for the GAA, it’s new for them in the sense it’s a weird time for everyone, but they only have one God, and it’s Euros.”
Asked if it sticks in the craw that Tyrone have been granted a postponement, even if it is for only six days, Teague said: “No, it doesn’t. If you come out of even a bad chest infection, you’re not going to be right for a couple of weeks, but that’s outside my pay grade.
“I think they have to give them an extension – how bad will it look if they don’t? For all we know there could’ve been Tyrone players in hospital. I don’t know the fellas but I was chatting to ‘Ricey’ (Ryan McMemanin) just after the hurling final and he said there’s been a few issues. After we got the outbreak, even when we were allowed back into changing rooms, ‘Ricey’ was like the devil – we weren’t allowed to shower or nothing. But you can’t blame him, it shows how ridiculous the whole situation is.”