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Sunday 20 April 2014

GAA probe into alleged McBrearty bite

Dubs chairman Kettle lashes 'lack of contact' over allegation

Donegal's Patrick McBrearty

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee have initiated an investigation into the allegations made that Donegal forward Paddy McBrearty was bitten in Sunday's Division 1 clash with Dublin in Ballybofey.

The CCCC have been in contact with Donegal, looking for any evidence or information they might have in relation to the claims made at half-time and full-time by Donegal officials that one of their players had sustained a laceration to his shoulder which subsequently required hospital examination in Letterkenny.

It is believed that Donegal have photographs showing the wound in question just after the game and will also be able to draw on reports from the examination conducted by their own medical personnel and from the hospital.

McBrearty had a number of precautionary injections on Sunday night.

Donegal officials reported the alleged incident to referee Padraig Hughes at the interval, while his replacement Michael Duffy was also informed at the end of the match.

That detail subsequently made its way into the official report on the match and this is what has triggered the probe.

It is understood that McBrearty himself is not keen to press the matter and wants to put it behind him as he prepares for tonight's Ulster U-21 final against Cavan in Enniskillen.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle confirmed yesterday that a member of their medical staff was invited into the Donegal dressing-room to examine McBrearty. Kettle said the medic had suggested that, in his estimation, it was "a bruise, not a laceration."

Kettle also expressed his disappointment that Donegal had not made direct contact with Dublin County Board on the matter and he disputed that there had been contact with the Dublin management on the day of the game.

"I have spoken to Jim Gavin and he was not made aware of it by his counterpart or any of the Donegal management team," said Kettle.

"That is the point I would take issue with in radio reports at the moment that the Dublin management team were informed.

"The Dublin management team, to my knowledge, were not informed."

INSIDE

Spitting, sledging and now alleged biting – is this a new low for the GAA?

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