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GAA to probe player bite claims

Gaelic Games

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

Brendan Hackett’s side face Laois in the quarter-final tomorrow week and the Kildare manager was unaware of any biting allegation (Sportsfile)
Brendan Hackett’s side face Laois in the quarter-final tomorrow week and the Kildare manager was unaware of any biting allegation (Sportsfile)

Leinster GAA chiefs are awaiting the referee's report before deciding on their next move after ugly scenes marred Wednesday night's minor championship clash between Offaly and Kildare.

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Kildare won a tense game by a point but there was an unsavoury incident at the final whistle at O'Connor Park in Tullamore, with a fracas involving players, team officials and supporters.

The fall-out from the game continued into Wednesday night, with one player making an allegation via social media that he had been bitten in the row, accompanied by a photograph. He later removed the tweet.

Disciplinary chiefs were awaiting the report yesterday evening; it is also understood that there was at least one camera at the game and any footage could be used in the investigation.

However, it is not clear whether it was still operational at the time as the final whistle had been blown.

"What happens next depends on the report we receive," Leinster PRO Pat Teehan explained. "At this time of year we don't have a set time for a meeting because there aren't always matters to deal with. If required, the chairman and the secretary will convene a meeting."

Teehan also explained that he had been unaware of the bite allegations until yesterday evening. "I have only just heard that," he said.

Any meeting will take early next week at the latest. Offaly's campaign is over after a second defeat in the competition but suspensions could hit Kildare's chances of progress hard.

Brendan Hackett's side face Laois in the quarter-final tomorrow week and the Kildare manager was unaware of any biting allegation.

"It's the first I have heard of it," he said. "I made my way on to the pitch after the game and I turned around and there was loads of people there - adults.

"They certainly got on the pitch too quickly. There was lots of pushing but I can't say I saw a punch or anything like that."

Speaking after the game, Offaly manager Keith Begley expressed regret at how the game ended.

"That shouldn't happen, there is no place for that in football," he said.

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