Exclusive 'bite' pictures from the Leinster Final
Published 21/07/2014 | 08:19
Our exclusive pictures capture the tussle moments before an alleged bite on Meath defender Mickey Burke.
Meath manager Mick O'Dowd claimed Burke was bitten during yesterday's clash in the immediate aftermath of Dublin's 3-20 to 1-10 hammering of the Royals in the Leinster SFC final at Croke Park.
Burke and Dublin forward Eoghan O'Gara were both yellow carded after an altercation that led to a melee in the 65th minute.
Our exclusive pictures from that incident show Burke grabbing a strong hold of O'Gara's jersey with his right hand while his left is wrapped around the Dublin man's face.
Burke's left hand can be seen on the mouth of O'Gara as they tussle during the incident.
The Meath player reported the incident to team doctor Owen Clarke after the match and the Dublin medical team co-operated with their Meath counterparts following the final whistle.
Blood tests were carried out after the match and on medical advice Burke was advised to go to Navan Hospital as a precautionary measure after leaving Croke Park on the team bus with the rest of the Royal squad and management.
Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Kerry stalwart Tomas O'Sé said that O’Gara was calm considering the attention he received from those around him and called for the incident to be dropped as there was no malicious intent.
“I think Eoghan O’Gara did very well not to react,” said Ó Sé. “ He was down on the ground and got five or six bangs on the head that anybody would have reacted to.
“The Dubs have a great [disciplinary] record this year, they’ve no black cards. I know for a fact that I would have reacted if I was Eoghan O’Gara.
“There is an allegation that there were was a bite but the way his head was down, there’s no way that O’Gara went to bite. I think it should just be forgotten about.”
The GAA has confirmed it will not be making any comment on the incident.
“We are awaiting the referees report and the CCCC will deal with any matters arising,” a spokesperson told Independent.ie
The Dublin County Board has indicated that they are going to await the referee's report before commenting further, while the Meath County Board has said it cannot do anything more unless the GAA takes further action.