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RTE puts GAA pundit Joe Brolly on final warning after 'ugly' on-air jibe at fellow GAA commentator

By John Porter

Published 28/05/2015

Outspoken: Joe Brolly
Outspoken: Joe Brolly

Controversial GAA pundit Joe Brolly has been given a final warning by Irish broadcaster RTE after comments he made about the appearance of a colleague while live on air.

Brolly landed himself in trouble during coverage of Monaghan against Cavan on Sunday when he compared the appearance of popular presenter Marty Morrissey to Cavan's style of play.

"Some people have said that Cavan football is as ugly as Marty Morrissey," he said, before adding: "I should apologise... to the people of Cavan for that."

The controversy erupted when presenter Michael Lyster asked about Cavan's style of play.

The former All-Ireland winner's comments stunned Lyster with the presenter forcing Brolly to apologise immediately. Brolly later apologised during the coverage, adding: "I want to say that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection, not literally."

RTE's head of sport Ryle Nugent said Brolly was on his final warning.

He said: "I have spoken with Joe Brolly about the comments he made in relation to RTE Sport's GAA correspondent and commentator Marty Morrissey on last weekend's Sunday Game Live broadcast.

"Joe is acutely aware that his ill-conceived attempt at humour was both inappropriate and extremely hurtful and had no place in any broadcast.

"Further, Joe is fully cognisant of the fact that similar comments in any future broadcast cannot and will not be tolerated. Joe Brolly has been spoken at length with, and offered a heartfelt apology to Marty Morrissey, which was graciously accepted.

"All parties now consider this matter closed."

Derry barrister Brolly is next scheduled to appear on the Sunday Game Live on June 14 for the football double-header featuring Armagh v Donegal and Galway v Mayo.

Brolly played for Derry in the 1990s and early 2000s and was part of the their only All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning side in 1993. He also won two Ulster Senior Football Championships.

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