Thursday 20 July 2017

GAA to re-open probe into Davy Byrne challenge match incident

Davy Byrne was left with an extensive facial injury after Dublin's match with Armagh
Davy Byrne was left with an extensive facial injury after Dublin's match with Armagh
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee are to re-open the investigation into the incident that left Dublin footballer Davy Byrne with an extensive facial injury in a challenge match against Armagh almost two weeks ago.

It is understood that the disciplinary body are to seek further information from Dublin and Armagh in the wake of Dubs manager Jim Gavin's interview with Newstalk on Thursday night when he revealed that Byrne had a "frank" exchange afterwards with an Armagh player afterwards about the incident which happened before throw-in and left him with a fractured nose.

Gavin may be asked, through the Dublin County Board, to provide information on the identity of the Armagh player with whom he says Byrne spoke.

The CCCC have already looked at a video provided for them but it does not shed any light on the incident.

They were not in a position to launch a full investigation last week because there was no reference to the incident in the referee's match report or a complaint from Dublin.

But Gavin's revelation that Byrne spoke with the player involved in the incident has provided the basis for a further probe.

Meanwhile Newstalk did not carry an interview with Gavin after Dublin's Leinster final win over Westmeath. It is not clear if they were advised not to request one beforehand or if relations between the broadcaster and the Dublin management have become strained in the wake of last week's interview by former Laois footballer Colm Parkinson.

Irish Independent

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