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Officials to launch investigation after violent scenes blight yet another Wicklow club game

Published 22/11/2010 | 05:00

Tempers flare during the Wicklow Division 4 final between Tinahely (red and white) and Avoca in Arklow
Tempers flare during the Wicklow Division 4 final between Tinahely (red and white) and Avoca in Arklow
Wicklow officials will now launch an investigation into the violence which marred the game

WICKLOW officials will launch an investigation after another club game in the county was marred by ugly scenes.

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Neighbouring clubs Tinahely and Avoca were battling it out for the Division 4 South East League title on Saturday when up to 20 players from both sides were sucked into an ugly fracas shortly after half-time.

Referee Gerry Corbett had to draw his sideline officials from both clubs and hostilities flared when an umpire sought to draw the attention of the referee to the fact that Tinahely were taking their kick-outs from the 20-metre line.

After the row, Tinahely were reduced to 14 men before play was resumed.

Hostilities flared again shortly before the end which led to Avoca having a man sent off.

The referee restored order and Avoca won out on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-4.

However, the Wicklow board will now await the referee's report before deciding what action to take.

Earlier this year, an Intermediate Football Championship match between Shillelagh and Ashford at Aughrim was abandoned by the referee Gareth Whelan because of the abuse he received before and after he sounded the half-time whistle.

On the same September weekend, five straight reds were shown in the last quarter in a match between Aughrim and Eire Og Greystones.

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