Sunday 22 October 2017

Dubs' home advantage is 'unfair'

WEXFORD star Aindreas Doyle turned up the heat ahead of their Leinster SFC semi-final with Dublin by insisting the All-Ireland champions enjoy an unfair advantage by playing the majority of their games at Croke Park, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Doyle, who plays his club football in the city with Parnells, believes other teams would be more successful if they were afforded the luxury of playing the majority of games at home.

Wexford have been installed as 6/1 outsiders by the bookmakers to trump Dublin in the Jones's Road venue, despite losing narrowly in the Leinster final clash between the sides 12 months ago.

"Last year, Dublin played 14 games, and played 11 of them (in Croke Park), between the league and the championship. It would be unheard of in any other sport," Doyle insists.

"If Kerry played 11 of their 14 games down in Killarney, we'd be seeing Kerry win the All-Ireland maybe every year. It has to be an advantage.

"Obviously, there are huge monetary conditions with it as well. The GAA are making massive money when Dublin are playing there.

"It is not for us to decide where Dublin play, but it has to be an advantage for them; there is no point saying it is not."

Doyle has recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of both games against Longford and is available for selection, while team captain David Murphy is also back in contention. Murphy had been hospitalised with blood poisoning.

Irish Independent

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