Meath GAA has released a statement condemning abuse of some county committee members in recent times.
The statement does not say when the incidents happened or whether they were online or face to face, but in part it is understood to refer to social media posts which aimed abuse at departing manager Andy McEntee.
The statement below came in the wake of a Management Committee meeting last night at which the matter was raised with one committee member pointing out the boards own inaction when McEntee was involved in heated verbal exchanges with Meath Chronicle sports journalist Jimmy Geoghegan after a 1-17 to 0-4 reversal to Dublin in 2019.
The meeting appointed a three person committee to oversee the appointment of the new football manager and nomination forms for the role will be sent out to clubs in the next few days,
Meath GAA wishes to put on record its disgust at the personal abuse aimed at our members in recent times.
Unfortunately, this has become a regular occurrence that persons representing Meath GAA are being abused whilst representing our organisation.
We welcome and encourage our members to engage in meaningful conversations on our social media channels. However, this can never escalate into abusive behaviour directed at individuals.
We understand the frustration that supporters feel when our teams do not perform to the level that we all feel they should. This frustration is felt most by the team itself. True supporters will support our teams when it is not easy to do so.
Anyone that resorts to abusive behaviour is not putting the interests of Meath GAA to the forefront. Indeed, we would question their true intentions and if they are supporters at all.
Finally, we ask all our members and supporters to focus on the future of Meath Gaelic games and support all our teams in the coming years.