Damien Duff says he is unable to express his true feelings about the referee in yesterday’s defeat by Dundalk because he feels managers in the League of Ireland “get muzzled”.
uff received the first senior red card of his career after protesting referee Paul McLaughlin over the dismissal of defender Shane Griffin in a 2-1 loss.
The former Ireland international received a yellow card for first comments and then quickly received a second for his response to that booking.
After a game in which Dundalk were also sent off and Shels was awarded a questionable penalty after a more explicit scream was waved off, the 43-year-old chose his words carefully when asked why he was sent to the stands.
He referred to a recent incident in Derry where backroom worker Alan Quinn was sent off at the break.
“Listen, I’ll find out soon. I’m sure there will be emails back and forth. I did this, I did that,” Duff said. “I had that with Alan Quinn after the Derry game. You will be pushed to your limits. I’ve always heard you push yourself to the limit when reading the media, but you’re not allowed to speak. You’re a bit grumpy.
“I just left. Get on with the game, get on with life. It is what it is. I have the best assistant coach in the league. Joey (O’Brien) can take the reins, no problem.”
When asked to comment further on contested decisions, Duff framed his response with the word “if” used for added emphasis.
“Even if I thought it was the worst… if I thought it was the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t comment on that. So I’ll just pass on what I think of them.
“At the end of the day, it costs you points. Does he give the second peno because he doesn’t give the first? I dont know. Is it human instinct – ‘Oh, I’ll make up for my first peno’? Jack Moylan’s (an appeal that was dismissed) is definitely a peno. You give yellows early for free, i.e. grip, then you send him off for free; that is my frustration.”
Duff said he would give his players a weekend off after their first away defeat of the weekend.
He was pleased with the player’s general application as they reacted to Monday’s beatings by Bohemians.
They were canceled out by two crosses into the box, with Dundalk’s John Martin bringing home the winner with his first touch when it looked like Shane Farrell’s penalty had given the Reds a point.
“It was an amazing defensive shift outside of the two flanks for the two goals,” said Duff.
“I thought if anyone won the game 1-1 it would be us. I thought if it was 0-0 coming back at half-time it would be us because we were so compact, we frustrated them. We. ” started the second half more dangerously.
“I give them the weekend off. It was always planned anyway because we had them every Sunday. This is probably hard on family life. You just have to restart again on Monday. But it’s amazing of them. I can’t really blame them.”
Duff will remain in the stands next week to take on Finn Harps in Ballybofey, a game he has described as a six-point game.
Shels lost 3-0 to Harps at Tolka Park, the lowest point in a dismal run of one-point home results in Tolka from six games.
“A lot of people are probably reading into it and they’re like, ‘What’s Duffer doing at home, what’s he saying?'” he continued.
“Nothing. Our form hasn’t changed. Whether it’s the lads saying they have to leave and impress the fans, or it’s the emotions, I don’t know, we obviously have to address that, but first and foremost we have to we’re going to finn harps next week
“At the end of the day, we came out of the First Division on one of the lowest budgets in the league, so this year there will be ups and downs and bumps along the way. We’ll just get over them and move on, it’s okay.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/league-of-ireland/i-always-heard-you-are-pushed-to-the-limit-but-you-not-are-allowed-speak-you-are-muzzled-damien-duff-41579901.html “I’ve always heard you push your limits, but you’re not allowed to speak. You’re muzzled’ – Damien Duff