Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.16 11 Sep 2019


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Joe Brolly has responded to being left out of RTÉ’s coverage of the All-Ireland football final replay this weekend.

Former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford will replace the Derry man this Saturday, alongside Pat Spillane and Ciaran Whelan.

In a statement, RTÉ said: "Joe Brolly remains under contract with RTÉ and we don't comment on individuals contractual arrangements."

Joe Brolly himself tweeted to say he was in search of a ticket for the Dublin v Kerry match after being 'let down':

Mr Brolly came under fire after the first round of the final earlier this month, for saying that referee David Gough was "clearly influenced by the propaganda coming from Kerry".

The pundit later contacted the referee to apologise, noting in an article for the Irish Independent: "It was wrong of me and unfair on David, who is a man of integrity and honour."

Meanwhile, some Dublin fans want Joe Brolly back - with some gathering outside Croke Park earlier to demonstrate in support of the pundit.

Speaking outside the stadium, one said: "Joe Brolly - we're all with you. RTÉ should get him back on... he's a great pundit."

Dublin fan Paul Hanney, who organised the protest, claimed it's not fair that the commentator has been dropped.

He argued: "Joe Brolly has been doing the Championship all year.

"Joe commentated all year, and to me he's a great commentator and a great pundit."

Main image: File photo of Joe Brolly. Picture by: Paul Faith/PA Archive/PA Images

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