Kelly fires a parting shot at abusive Twitterati

Updated: August 31, 2012

Waterford hurling legend Eoin Kelly has declared his distaste for those on social media hounding players with abuse.

Speaking during the announcement that he has retired from inter-county hurling, Kelly spoke of his disdain of the people behind the computer on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Kelly feels that players are being abused unfairly and has called on the GAA to swiftly act on the matter.

The former All Star defended the Tipperary team who have received a barrage of abuse following their interesting manner in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat against Kilkenny a few weeks ago.

“One thing that annoyed me a lot over the years was the amount of lies and rumours spread about lads on internet message boards and Facebook and all of that.

“Scurrilous stuff altogether, out and out lies being told by fellas hiding behind made-up names.

“I often felt the GAA itself could be a lot more proactive in dealing with that kind of thing. I know that it’s hard to track people down on the internet but there are millions of euro generated by the inter-county every game in attendances and sponsorships, and so on.

“Surely the GAA could spare a few bob to protect lads from having their good names taken by ‘heroes’ who haven’t the guts to put their own names to what they’re writing?

“A lot of the Tipperary lads got slaughtered on message boards since the All-Ireland semi-final. That’s not right.”

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