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Spillane says O'Shea will regret dive against Fermanagh

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea came in for widespread criticism for his dive to win a penalty against Fermanagh
Mayo's Aidan O'Shea came in for widespread criticism for his dive to win a penalty against Fermanagh

Sunday World columnist Pat Spillane believes Mayo's Aidan O'Shea will regret his dive to win a crucial penalty against Fermanagh on Saturday.

“The old biblical quotation 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone',” the Kerry man said.

“Look there are none of us who haven't woken up the next morning and doesn't regret something you did the day before.

“I'm sure Aidan O'Shea woke up this morning and regretted his action yesterday.”

He continued: “It wasn't a penalty, it was a clear dive. We've spoken about simulation over the last couple of weeks, it's creeping into the game of gaelic football.

“Nowadays, in gaelic football and hurling, no stone is left unturned in the preparation of teams and I just feel that human error, and there was human error on (referee) Joe McQuillan's part yesterday, can cost a team a remaining place in the All-Ireland championship.

“You need the fourth official, he's sitting down there at a table, I don't know what the hell he's doing. There's television monitors around, surely to God, in this day and age, they're mic'd up, it takes 30 seconds.”