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seeing red Pat Spillane and Sean Cavanagh's heated exchange over Tyrone's Covid outbreak

"Tyrone played an absolute blinder. They called the GAA's bluff, they called Kerry's bluff, they played a game of poker. They hurled the grenade in and Kerry blinked and the GAA blinked."

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Kerry football legend, Sunday World columnist Pat Spillane. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Kerry football legend, Sunday World columnist Pat Spillane. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Kerry football legend, Sunday World columnist Pat Spillane. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Pat Spillane was involved in a heated exchange with Sean Cavanagh prior to Saturday's re-scheduled All-Ireland football semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone at Croke Park.

The game finally took place on Saturday after it was postponed two weeks ago due to a Covid outbreak in the Tyrone camp, with Sunday World columnist Spillane questioning the reasons behind the postponement.

"You talk about anger and you talk about people not knowing facts, of course people don't know facts because no one has told us anything," he stated.

"When you have a vacuum of information as there was from the Tyrone camp. There was a vacuum of information. Into that vacuum comes misinformation, false narratives, innuendo and that's what you got.

"I'll tell you what Tyrone did. Tyrone played an absolute blinder. They called the GAA's bluff, they called Kerry's bluff, they played a game of poker. They hurled the grenade in and Kerry blinked and the GAA blinked.

"When you have a vacuum of information, as there was from the Tyrone camp, into that vacuum comes misinformation, false narrative and innuendo.

"I still have so many questions. Why did so many people, at the one time in the Tyrone camp, get Covid? Did close contacts go to the Ulster final? Did close contacts go to the socialising event?

"Did they follow Covid protocol? How come there was no Covid case with the Limerick hurlers, the Cork hurlers, in the Kerry camp? Let's have clarity."

Watch the full exchange between Spillane and Cavanagh here:

Read Pat Spillane's verdict on the All-Ireland semi-final in this weekend's Sunday World.

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