Kerry hurling boss John Meyler has dropped three brothers from the panel because they played soccer three days before a national hurling league match.
Liam Boyle succeeded his brother Mikey as Kerry captain this year and youngest brother Pádriaig is seen as one of the best young hurlers in the county. The Boyles have backboned the Kingdom’s significant hurling progress over the last few years.
But Meyler has dropped all three for playing a soccer match three days before Kerry’s league clash with Carlow last Sunday. A fourth brother, Aidan, is still part of the team and has been selected to line out in this week’s Division 2A clash with Wicklow. Meyler’s son David plays for Sunderland so an anti-soccer bias is thought not to be the issue.
In his two seasons in charge, Meyler has helped Kerry into hurling’s third tier and to finally win the Christy Ring Cup last summer.
“I felt I had to address the situation because if we’re to continue moving things on there has to be 100pc commitment from all of our players,” Meyler said. “I informed the players involved earlier this week and thanked them for their time with the panel.”