Tuesday 17 January 2017

Donegal's Neil McGee gets match ban as counties hit with massive fines

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

McGee was forced off the field with a broken nose and didn’t resurface until the second half but the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee deemed his action to be behaviour dangerous to an opponent and charged him for a Category Three offence. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
McGee was forced off the field with a broken nose and didn’t resurface until the second half but the GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee deemed his action to be behaviour dangerous to an opponent and charged him for a Category Three offence. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Neil McGee has been hit with a proposed one-match ban while Kerry and Donegal County Board have been billed with €7,500 fines arising out of their Tralee Allianz Division One league match on Sunday.

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McGee aggressively grabbed Alan Fitzgerald's fingers in the opening minutes, prompting the Kerry full-forward to react by throwing punches at his marker for which he picked up a red card.

McGee was forced off the field with a broken nose and didn't resurface until the second half but the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee deemed his action to be behaviour dangerous to an opponent and charged him for a Category Three offence.

The match had a cynical undercurrent throughout with several altercations and those scenes moved CCCC to come down heavily on both County Boards.

The weight of the fines is somewhat surprising given that the incidents took place during the course of the game. Donegal and Kerry are expected to seek hearings in an attempt to reduce or quash them but with the Roscommon game, which he is now due to miss, coming so soon McGee may accept his penalty.

The GAA's disciplinary body have been using fines as one of their chief punitive measures with Armagh and Fermanagh hit with €5,000 fines last week for a tunnel fracas at half-time in their Division Three league match.

Last year Tyrone and Donegal were fined €5,000 for the row that erupted at half-time in their Ulster Championship football match.

Irish Independent

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