McCann sorry for 'Rufflegate'

January 18, 2018

Tyrone's Tiernan McCann dejected.
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Tyrone defender Tiernan McCann has admitted he's sorry for his part in the famous 'Rufflegate' incident which saw Monaghan's Darren Hughes sent off in the 2015 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final.

Speaking at the launch of eir Sport's coverage of the Allianz Leagues yesterday, McCann recalled the incident (which can be seen below) that drew huge controversy at the time with the Killyclogher having thrown himself to the ground after having his hair touched by Hughes, who saw red as a result.

McCann later had an eight-week ban handed down to him overturned and looking back on it now he feels regret over what happened.

"I'd like to think that I've gone on since then and shown people that I was sorry for it and that I've learnt from it and that I've tried to play my best football and tried to be as honest as I can since then," he stated.

On the pundits who were critical of him after the incident, McCann added: "At the end of the day, we're amateur players. We're not Luis Suarez or some of these fellas getting 200 grand a week. It's not our professional job - but it can impact on our personal lives.

"That's their job as pundits, they have to go out and analyse games and call it as they see it. They're being asked most of the time straight after the event whereas maybe if they had a chance to sit and reflect on it, they wouldn't be as personal."

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