It is being reported that Michael Keane of St Patrick’s Athletic has been sacked for being overweight.
As a teenager he broke into the first team at Preston North End and was tipped to be a big name. However, instead he increased weight, and his football skills diminished.
Keane received a letter from his club earlier this year instructing him to lose weight and was given a target to aim towards. Failing to meet that goal was the reason offered for his dismissal. In his defence, the player will argue that he hasn’t missed a training session during his time with the club. Should the Saints survive any appeal decision by Keane then it could prove to be a landmark case. The PFAI fear that other clubs would use it as a reference point for removing players from their wage bill.