FORMER Kerry hurling captain Mikey Boyle has been suspended for 48 weeks, arising from an incident in a club football game last month.
He was reported by the referee after an incident during the North Kerry quarter-final between Ballyduff and St Senan's in which it was alleged he interfered with an official. The North Kerry Board proposed a 48-week ban for the Ballyduff man, but he took his case to the Munster Hearings Committee, which formally upheld the suspension.
Boyle's team-mate, John Paul Leahy was banned for 24 weeks, arising from an incident in the same game. Boyle, one of four brothers who play for Kerry, has been a key member of the county team for years, so his absence for the National League and Christy Ring Cup will be a big blow to new manager Tom Howard.
It remains to be seen if Boyle appeals his suspension to a higher body.