Thursday 19 October 2017

GAA match abandoned amid claims that ‘racist’ remarks sparked melee, garda investigation launched

The incident occurred in a minor game last weekend
The incident occurred in a minor game last weekend
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cavan GAA is facing the prospect of an investigation into how a minor league match between Cavan Gaels and Crosserlough, played on the 3G pitch in Breffni Park last Saturday, came to a premature end because of a melee that developed.

Central to any probe will be an allegation that the melee was triggered by a racist remark.

The county board acknowledged that an incident “may’ have taken place and the local Competitions Controls Committee (CCC) is awaiting the referees’ report before they proceed.

A garda spokesperson said: "We are investigating an alleged assault reported at Breffni Park, Cavan on February 11. The incident was reported at 3.00pm. The juvenile alleges he was assaulted during a football game."

A previous Cavan CCC investigation into allegations that comments of a racist nature had been made to a Cootehill Celtic player could not find sufficient evidence to support a charge after the club had complained following their 2012 intermediate final replay with Lacken.

Three years ago the GAA passed a motion that made remarks of a racist nature an automatic red-card offence, but making any charge stick has proved difficult.

In 2012, two Wexford club players were suspended for eight weeks after a Wexford CCC investigation which was based on evidence from the referee.

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