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David Meyler ‘Manly’ Past Helped in Alan Pardew Headbutt Incident

7 years ago
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His father has claimed that David Meyler ‘manly’ past, helped in the Alan Pardew Headbutt Incident

It is the story that just keeps on giving with the latest angle coming from David Meyler’s father who claims that David Meyler’s hurling background was the reason for him supposedly reacting so well during the incident.

John Heyler is Carlow’s hurling manager and he reckons that son David learnt that from his junior gaelic sports days, “when they do get a belt or a slap, they just don’t go down.”

Some Hurling Players Not Going Down

If you didn’t know, hurling is a bit like hockey but a lot more mental, with the ball frequently sent flying through the air at great speed.

Whether two foreheads coming together in the most minimal of ways equals a ‘belt or a slap’ is maybe another matter.

Meyler senior gave us an insight into what he sees as the difference between ‘manly’ hurling and the Premier League, which leaving the Pardew incident apart for a second, I think I would agree with!

“The way David reacted epitomises the way GAA (hurling) players react, when they do get a belt or a slap, they just don’t go down.

“That quality of standing your ground and being manly is built into you when you play in the GAA, you generally don’t feign injury and go down too lightly.

“Those qualities that David picked up from being involved in the GAA as a young lad, have helped him in the Premiership.

“Shane Long would be the same, he comes from a GAA background and you won’t see him falling too many times in the box.

“The diving and simulation that goes on in the Premiership wouldn’t be part and parcel of the GAA because it is the manly thing to stay on your feet.

“So that is what David has learnt and in that incident with the Newcastle manager, David was never going to make a meal of that. It’s just not his way, it is not the way he was brought up.”

Luis Suarez and Ashley Young were unavailable for comment…

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