Tyrone dish out 452 week bans after final violence
AS EXPECTED, Tyrone disciplinary chiefs responded to the outcry over an ugly brawl that marred their recent Division 1 county league final by throwing the book at the two clubs involved yesterday.
Supporters and players have received bans totalling 452 weeks and the two clubs -- Carrickmore and Dromore -- have also been heavily punished.
There was widespread revulsion at images of supporters fighting in front of the stands at the end of the match in Dunmoyle two weeks ago.
Tyrone's Competitions Control Committee met three times within 10 days of the incident and announced the punishments yesterday.
Eight supporters -- four from each club -- have all been banned for a year, while suspensions totalling 72 weeks were also handed down to three Carrickmore players -- Plunkett McCallan, Colm McGurk and substitute Gabriel McCallan.
The clubs have also been fined £300 each, which is the maximum under local by-laws and that money will be donated to charity.
The board has also ruled that Carrickmore and Dromore will have to play their next two competitive fixtures against each other at neutral venues.
And both clubs have also been barred from taking part in the league play-offs next season. It is understood both clubs are considering appealing some aspects of the penalties, and they have three days in which to do so.
"Both clubs co-operated fully, which is good," Tyrone PRO Damien Harvey said. "We are confident that lessons have and will be learnt from the unacceptable scenes.
"These sanctions are among the most severe ever issued by Tyrone GAA," he added.
Violence erupted with just four minutes left when fighting on the pitch spread to the stand.
A number of spectators sustained injuries, including a Carrickmore supporter who needed hospital treatment afterwards after having part of his ear bitten off and the PSNI has launched a criminal investigation into that incident.
Elsewhere, Mattie Murphy has been reappointed to the Galway minor hurlers and will retain the same selectors for 2012.
In Monaghan, Armagh man Mattie Lennon replaces Frank Murphy as the Farney's new senior hurling manager.