Wednesday 21 March 2018

Davey Byrne incident 'blown out of proportion', insists Bernard Brogan

Davey Byrne has since returned to training with Jim Gavin’s side
Davey Byrne has since returned to training with Jim Gavin’s side
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin star Bernard Brogan insists the fallout from their infamous challenge game with Armagh has been "blown out of proportion".

Brogan's Dublin team-mate Davey Byrne picked up facial injuries in the row that kicked off before throw-in and has prompted Croke Park chiefs to launch a formal investigation.

However, Brogan revealed that Byrne has since returned to training with Jim Gavin's side and that the squad had moved on from the incident.

"We didn't know very much about it to be honest," Brogan said. "We played that weekend so we were down training on the bottom pitch so I wasn't involved in it.

"I (think) both teams learned a lot from it. I think it has been a little bit blown out of proportion. It's over. Davey is back training with the team.

"We are moving on. We had a Leinster final in the middle of it and got over it. We are focused on the next day."

Since the Dubs collected a tenth Leinster title in 11 seasons, it was confirmed that Ger Brennan won't line out for them this season.

A troublesome ankle problem had ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign but Brogan backed the St Vincent's man to return next year.

"Ger is a big player for Dublin, his attitude around the dressing-room was probably the best of them, he was a great character, great bit of craic," he said.

"He had a long campaign with Vincent's, has been playing with them for the last two years so it was tough on the body and just wants to focus on the club this year and get the body right.

"But I am sure we will see him back playing inter-county in 2016, stronger than ever."

Irish Independent

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