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Sunday 4 December 2016

Marty silent about Joe's ill-judged 'ugly' remarks

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RTE's charismatic GAA guru Marty Morrissey was this morning staying silent about the storm surrounding his colleague Joe Brolly's ill-judged "ugly" remarks.

Former Derry player and football pundit Brolly landed himself in hot water yesterday with his comments about Marty's appearance.

Brolly, who was speaking ahead of Cavan's clash against Monaghan, stunned Sunday Game presenter Michael Lyster when he compared Cavan to popular presenter Morrissey - and not in a favourable way.

"We're starting to get used to it [Cavan's defensive approach]," said Brolly on RTE's Sunday Game.

"I suppose in a way we're just starting to live with it.

"I've referred to Cavan in recent years as the Black Death because the football has been, as some people have said, as ugly as Marty Morrissey.

"I should apologise... to the people of Cavan for that," Brolly added.

Lyster intervened and said: "You should be apologising to Marty Morrissey."

Brolly said sorry for his remarks at half time in the game, adding: "I want to say that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection not literally."

Lyster replied: "We appreciate that because it was out of order Joe."

Morrissey declined to comment on the matter when contacted this morning.

The Cork-born broadcaster (56) is one of RTE's best-loved personalities.

As well as being prominent in the station's GAA coverage he also did a stint on Radio One's afternoon slot earlier this year prior to Ray D'Arcy's return from Today FM.

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