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Wednesday 16 April 2014

U21 final marred by violent scenes

Gardai are forced to escort the umpire off the pitch as furious Clare supporters vent their anger after last night's Munster U21 hurling final

ANGRY scenes, during which an umpire was jostled by supporters, erupted in the immediate aftermath of the Munster U-21 hurling final in Cusack Park, Ennis last evening.

Tipperary beat Clare by 1-16 to 2-12 with the winning point coming in controversial circumstances right at the end after an umpire had adjudged that the Clare goalkeeper had stepped outside the small square as he took a puck-out.

Clare had won a free at the other end of the field but play was called back and a '65' awarded to Tipperary which Pa Bourke converted into the point that won the title. Furious Clare supporters approached the umpire afterwards and he was jostled as he made his way towards the dressing-rooms.

Gardai and stewards intervened as large groups of Clare followers vented their anger in front of the stand prior to the presentation. It continued for several minutes before the cup was finally presented to the Tipp captain.

The ugly scenes will now be investigated by the Munster Council and, since the game was on TG4, those involved in the more unsavoury aspects may be identifiable.

It was an unfortunate end to a great contest watched by around 11,000 spectators as the balance of power alternated before finally resting, albeit controversially, with Tipperary who were managed by former All-Ireland winning senior captain, Declan Carr.

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