Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kerry and Donegal seeking reduction in fines for 'rows of Tralee'

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

Full-back Neil McGee denied that Donegal had taken a relaxed attitude to the league after their opening wins. Picture credit: Sportsfile
Full-back Neil McGee denied that Donegal had taken a relaxed attitude to the league after their opening wins. Picture credit: Sportsfile

Kerry and Donegal will seek to have their proposed €7,500 fines from their infamous 'rows of Tralee' league match reduced when they go before a hearings committee tonight.

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Both counties are challenging the severity of the Central Competition Controls Committee's (CCCC) proposed penalty after its investigation into what went on during the fourth round fixture.

They will be buoyed by the Central Hearings Committee's (CHC) reduction in the proposed €5,000 fines handed down to Armagh and Fermanagh by the CCCC to €1,500.

Armagh and Fermanagh players and officials were involved in an altercation during half-time in their recent Division 2 League match that spilled over into the tunnel beneath the Athletic Grounds.

Last year Armagh and Dublin also had a €10,000 fine proposed by CCCC reduced to €6,500 by CHC after an investigation into a bad facial injury sustained by Dublin's Davy Byrne during a challenge match.

Donegal's Neil McGee has accepted his one-match penalty handed down to him for an incident in the recent league game with Kerry in Tralee.

There were indications prior to Donegal's defeat to Roscommon seven days after the Kerry game that McGee would seek a hearing to challenge the suspension handed down to him by the CCCC.

McGee missed the Roscommon game anyway due to a broken nose sustained in the clash with Kerry's Alan Fitzgerald, who was red-carded after reacting to McGee taking hold of his fingers during a fractious opening.

But any further one-match ban picked up by the defender this season will be automatically doubled and that was a factor in originally considering a challenge.

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