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Monday 22 September 2014

Dublin in the clear over 'bite' in Leinster final

Meath in no mood to pursue matter as CCCC rule out action

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Meath's Mickey Burke hauls Eoghan O'Gara of Dublin away after the two clashed in an off-the-ball incident during the Leinster SFC final. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE
Meath's Mickey Burke hauls Eoghan O'Gara of Dublin away after the two clashed in an off-the-ball incident during the Leinster SFC final. Photo: Ashleigh Fox / SPORTSFILE

The GAA has moved quickly to close the case on Sunday's Leinster football final biting allegation after receiving a submission from Meath yesterday.

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It is understood that Meath considered the relevant detail in referee Padraig Hughes' report and were not interested in pursuing the matter. Hughes had written in his report that Meath's Mickey Burke told him he had been bitten during a 62nd-minute fracas.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) wrote back to Meath yesterday evening to inform them the matter was closed because there was insufficient evidence to continue.

The allegation came to light just after Sunday's heavy defeat for Meath when their manager Mick O'Dowd returned to the media centre where he had just given a press conference to inform those present that one of his defenders – Burke – was being treated for bite marks.

His public airing of the allegation so soon after the match surprised many in both counties. Burke underwent precautionary injections in Navan hospital on Sunday but it is understood he did not want the matter pursued.

There was no mood either among senior Meath officials to take the matter any further.

To pursue the matter, the CCCC would have needed full co-operation from Meath and Burke if the case history of a previous allegation made against a Dublin player after a league game with Donegal in April 2013 was anything to go by.

The player in question, Kevin O'Brien, was cleared because the case "was not proven" when Patrick McBrearty did not turn up at a hearing to give evidence.

It was the third biting allegation made against a Dublin player in the last 15 months, but this time there will be no disciplinary probe.

Irish Independent

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