Kingdom ponder double boycott over treatment of Galvin
Published 18/06/2010 | 05:00
The Kerry football squad will meet after training on Tuesday night next to discuss the prospect of a double boycott of RTE and the Irish International Rules squad.
Both matters will be on the agenda of the reigning All-Ireland champions when they resume preparations for the Munster football final against Limerick on July 4.
Dissatisfaction with RTE over 'The Sunday Game' is rife among members of the squad because of the perceived imbalance of the coverage devoted to controversial incidents during last weekend's Munster semi-final replay against Cork.
The Irish Independent understands that Kerry manager Jack O'Connor has already declined an invitation to respond to last Sunday night's programme in an interview.
And Anthony Tohill's frank assessment of Paul Galvin's actions in the incident with Eoin Cadogan has led to the possible withdrawal of Kerry involvement from the Rules series later this year. Tohill, who described Galvin's actions as "unacceptable", is the Ireland manager.
Ironically, Galvin, Kieran Donaghy and Tomas O Se are the only three current players that would probably feature in an International Rules team, though any prospective action could conceivably extend to the two AFL players, Tommy Walsh and Tadhg Kennelly.
Tohill is understood to be keeping his counsel on the issue and declining to discuss any International Rules business unless it is through the medium of official press conferences relating to the series.
The Kerry players met on Monday night but wish to put both issues to the full squad when they resume after a weekend of club activity.
The main point of contention is why the incident where Cork's Derek Kavanagh appeared to grab Colm Cooper by the throat did not feature on 'The Sunday Game' at the same time as Galvin/Cadogan, and whether or not it should also have fallen under the terms of the infraction that constitutes behaviour that may be deemed dangerous to an opponent. The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) suspended Galvin under those terms.
Had 'The Sunday Game' shone the light on the Kavanagh/Cooper incident, would the CCCC then have taken a cue from that too?
Galvin has accepted his suspension from the CCCC without recourse to a hearing and Kerry officials are hoping that they can convince their players to recoil from the dramatic action on the agenda.