CLANN EIREANN, the club of Armagh GAA player Tiernan Kelly have claimed that the social media vilification of their player has been 'unjust and unfair.'
Armagh and Galway went in level at fulltime in their All-Ireland football quarter final last Sunday. A fight between the two sides broke out, where extended panel members, playing staff, and players started engaged in a melee.
The biggest talking point of the brawl was Kelly's alleged eye gouge into Galway's full forward Damien Comer’s face. Kelly had come under intense criticism on social media as a result. actions.
According to reports Tiernan Kelly contacted Galway GAA to apologise for allegedly eye-gouging.
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Now a statement from his club Clann Éireann has been released: "As a club, the well-being of our playing members is of the utmost importance to us. As a club, and a family, we will support and protect Tiernan and his family from those who don't know him.
"The vilification of Tiernan on social media over the last few days has been both unjust and unfair.
"Tiernan has been, and always will be, a great ambassador for our club. Anyone who knows him, will know the dedication and hard work he puts into both his club and county, along with the time he spends coaching and encouraging our young Gaels.
"His dedication to the GAA, both on the field and behind the scenes, has been nothing short of amazing. "One moment does NOT define a man.
"The GAA will have its due process regarding the issue. We would ask people to let this process take place before making judgement."