Gary Walsh has been dropped from the Laois senior football team ahead of tomorrow’s Allianz Football League Division 4 final against Carlow in Croke Park following the fallout surrounding his controversial tweet about the Belfast Rape Trial earlier this week.
It’s understood that Walsh met with manager John Sugrue prior to training on Thursday night about the incident – but was informed later that he wouldn’t be part of the team for Saturday’s game.
It’s not known if he is gone entirely from the panel or just for Saturday’s game. The Ballylinan man has been in top form for Laois in this Division 4 campaign and is the top scorer in the entire country with 4-41 in six games.
In a change from usual practice, Laois haven’t named their team ahead of the game.
Walsh commented on Twitter on Wednesday that the girl at the centre of the rape trial involving Ulster and Ireland rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding should be named following the Not Guilty verdict of the jury.
“Where’s your ones name from the paddy Jackson trial? It’s her that should be destroyed in the papers now,” he commented.
“All yee feminists come at me I’ll throw the kitchen sink at ya.”
His tweet drew fierce criticism and the Ballylinan man later took it down and issued an apology, saying “It was ill judged on my behalf in this regard.
“It is a heated and sensitive topic for all concerned which has already attracted too much public attention for those concerned.”
Laois GAA and main sponsors MW Hire also tweeted to disassociate themselves from Walsh’s comments.