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Counties invited to make submissions on biting allegations

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

Dublin's Eoghan O'Gara involved in a fracas with Meath players Eoghan Harrington, Michael Burke, and Kevin Reilly which led to the alleged biting incident during the with Leinster SFC final. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Eoghan O'Gara involved in a fracas with Meath players Eoghan Harrington, Michael Burke, and Kevin Reilly which led to the alleged biting incident during the with Leinster SFC final. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Dublin and Meath will be invited to make submissions on a biting allegation involving Meath defender Mickey Burke which has been mentioned in the match report of Leinster football final referee Padraig Hughes.

Both counties received copies of the report yesterday which outlines that Burke alleged to Hughes that he had been bitten during a 63rd minute fracas.

Meath manager Mick O'Dowd later made the allegation public during a second visit to the media centre in Croke Park after Sunday's match and expressed his disappointment at the nature of the alleged incident.

TV footage shows Burke's hands all over the face of Dublin forward Eoghan O'Gara in an aggressive manner during the fracas which involved a number of players, but evidence of an alleged bite is not conclusive and that will make any charge difficult to stand up.

Photographic evidence is not admissible in a case against a GAA player.

Any potential charge as a result of a Central Competitions Controls Committee investigation that is likely to arise on the back of Hughes' report will require full co-operation by Meath.

The CCCC are mindful of how a charge against a Dublin defender which went before the Central Hearings Committee "was not proven" after Donegal's Patrick McBrearty declined to attend the CHC meeting.

However, there appeared to be a growing reluctance in the county last night to immerse themselves any deeper in a disciplinary process as they pick up the pieces of a disastrous Leinster final meltdown against Dublin.

It is unclear if Burke himself would be willing to give evidence regarding the incident.

The Longwood man went to hospital on Sunday night for precautionary injections which is part of the protocol required in these cases.

Irish Independent

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