Dromid 'can't afford' to pay €2,000 brawl fine
"WE can't afford that."
That was the message from Kerry club Dromid Pearses after they and Tyrone side Derrytresk were hit with heavy fines arising from the fracas which marred the recent All-Ireland club JFC semi-final in Portlaoise.
Derrytresk and Dromid Pearses both had the book thrown at them earlier this week, receiving a raft of player suspensions as well as fines of €5,000 and €2,000 respectively, which they both look set to appeal. "Every club in the country knows how hard fundraising is in the current economic climate," said Dromid Pearses chairman Michael Sheehan.
"For a small club like ours to be hit with such a big fine, that is going to be extremely hard for us," he said. The Kerry club met last night to discuss their next move, but Sheehan indicated that they will appeal their financial punishment at the least.
"We will leave it up to the players involved to decide whether they want to appeal their suspensions, so we need to talk to them first and see what they want to do," he added.
The situation for Derrytresk is even more urgent because they have qualified to play in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday week yet have had eight players suspended (four substitutes) on top of a €5,000 fine.
A Derrytresk official said yesterday: "We are not making any statement at this time," but it is understood the smallest club in Tyrone has already begun the process of putting together an appeal. While the clubs are entitled to seek a reduction of their fines, they also face the risk that their financial punishment could be increased, as Galway side Corofin found to their shock before Christmas.
Corofin were left reeling when they appealed fines totalling €5,100 arising from the Connacht club SFC final, only for the province's Hearings Committee to not only ignore their plea for leniency, but to increase their fines by €500, a measure that disciplinary bodies have had discretion to use under the rule book, but have rarely applied.