Monday 20 October 2014

Team doctor accepts apology for push

Michael Staines 
and Liam Kelly

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Aaron Findon, Armagh, pushes Donegal team doctor Kevin Moran during an altercation in the first half
Aaron Findon, Armagh, pushes Donegal team doctor Kevin Moran during an altercation in the first half

A Donegal team doctor who was pushed to the ground during the All Ireland Senior Football Quarter Final between Donegal and Armagh has accepted an apology over the incident.

The doctor, Kevin Moran of Letterkenny Hospital, was shoved as players from both counties got involved in a brawl within the first 10 minutes of Saturday's match.

He had raced down the side-lines to attend to a player before being pushed to the ground by Armagh's Aaron Findon.

Findon was the only player to receive a booking for his part in an altercation that rumbled on for two minutes. Mr Moran said he had only come onto the field of play to offer medical assistance to Donegal's Karl Lacey.

"I have had a message of apology conveyed to me today, and I have accepted it. I bear the player no ill-will whatsoever," he said, "I want that to be the end of the matter and I don't want to see any sanction against young Findon," he added.

"All I want is for the young man to learn from this experience and that it would not happen again. I wish him well in his future career."

Speaking after the match, RTE pundit Joe Brolly raised eyebrows by making light of the incident.

Appearing on RTÉ Radio One programme 'Saturday Sport,' Brolly accused presenter Des Cahill of "overblowing" the episode. "I just think you are making too much of it Des… You know this is not… this is not a kiddie story," he said.

"I'm not allowing you trivialise it… that's all I'm saying," Cahill replied.

After former Mayo GAA player, Kevin McStay, who was also in the studio, voiced his disagreement, Brolly said: "If you put your head in the lion's mouth, you shouldn't sort of waggle it about you know."

"I think you're just overblowing the whole thing … it's not the end of the world," he concluded. McStay replied that in over 30 years in the game, he had never seen a doctor, at club or county level "being pulled out and pushed to the floor."

The GAA are waiting to receive the referee's report on the incident before deciding if anyone is to be sanctioned.

Irish Independent

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