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Published: 08:59 | 6/5/16

McGeeney fears segregation


Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney fears crowd segregation could be introduced at GAA matches if an anti-Ulster agenda in the media continues.

McGeeney is unhappy with some of the language used to describe Ulster football, labelling it degrading, and he believes the perception that northern teams are cynical and over-physical must change to prevent spectators having to be kept apart.

"If any other province got the same narrative, it would be seen as an 'anti' thing. Coming from the north, I know what that kind of talk can do," McGeeney stated.

"I don't like it, I find it degrading. Unfortunately people can be segregated like that. There's never a good end to it, because they create something that is not really there.

"I hope we don't get to the point where we are segregating our supporters because of where they are from - but if we keep talking the way we do, people will see that."

Armagh begin their Ulster SFC campaign against Cavan at the end of the month and will be hoping to go far in the Championship.

After their Allianz Football League success, Dublin are once again the favourites to lift the Sam Maguire in September but McGeeney believes Jim Gavin's men can be stopped.

"The probability is that they will win it but sport doesn't work that way. Sport has a tendency to throw up things that you don't prepare for, so only time will tell," McGeeney is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"You see them playing club football and they're able to be marked out of it but as a team, there's no doubt Jim has them going well. They're good but maybe there is an aura that has increased around them.

"They're fantastic athletes - but I don't think they're more skilled than other players around the country."


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