Tuesday 17 January 2017

Cork punishment beatings create another fine mess

Published 24/02/2008 | 00:00

T he fire brigade can now return to the station in Cork after washing all the blood off the walls. In the peace that prevails, it is the wounds that can't be seen that will take the longest to heal, although I suspect the warring factions will be very careful in their internal dealings for the foreseeable future.

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After the war, though, has come chaos on the football League front. The awarding of points to Meath and Dublin has made a proper mess of it and there are repercussions all round. The counties that have cried foul have more than a case -- they are immediately at a distinct disadvantage through no fault of their own.

If one or more of the other counties are sent packing to division three by virtue of Cork beating them, while Meath or Dublin survive on the basis of getting the points without playing, then the ballyhoo will be even greater.

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