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Investigation must determine how Davey Byrne incident started - Joe Kernan

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Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

All-Ireland winning manager Joe Kernan warns that the fallout from the row between Armagh and Dublin could yet have serious consequences
All-Ireland winning manager Joe Kernan warns that the fallout from the row between Armagh and Dublin could yet have serious consequences

All-Ireland-winning manager Joe Kernan has warned that the fallout from the now-infamous row between Armagh and Dublin could yet have serious consequences.

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Both camps have made only limited comment on the incident that saw Dublin panellist Davey Byrne sustain serious facial injuries but still the issue refuses to go away.

GAA president Aoghán ó Fearghail insisted during the week that matters of indiscipline cannot be dealt with by "local arrangements".

Croke Park disciplinary chiefs have launched a full investigation into the incident and have acquired a copy of the match video which, in turn, could lead to suspensions.

Kernan wants any issue that arises to be looked at, rather than just a single incident.

"It was serious but if they are going to look at it, look at the whole video and see what happened and how it started. It's very simple," he said. "The fact that it started at the start of the game raised eyebrows rather than the last five minutes in the heat of battle."

Armagh's season is over after their qualifier defeat to Galway last weekend and any possible sanctions won't hit them until next year.

But Dublin's campaign is only ramping up after they secured a spot in the last eight.

"Let it take its course and whatever is found to have happened we'll all know at the same time after the investigation," Kernan added.

"We will find out in time and the powers that be will look at it and decide what needs to be done and you have to leave it to them.

"They'll look at the video and whatever will be, will be. It's as simple as that.

"It could be tricky for this year if players are seen to be fighting in a video, it could be tricky for this year. Unfortunately, it happened.

"They are going to investigate it and we will have to wait and see what the findings are. They'll make the decisions based on what they see."

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