Sunday 20 August 2017

WATCH: 'Can you conclusively say it was a punch?' - Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly may face retrospective action

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Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly may find himself in hot water if the GAA decide to look into a clash between himself and Derry's Chrissy McKaigue yesterday.

The pair tangled 10 minutes into the second half after McKaigue tried to halt Donnelly's run before Donnelly appeared to raise his hand and the Derry defender hit the ground clutching his mouth.

Laois referee Maurice Deegan appeared to miss the incident and no action was taken but this doesn't mean that the GAA won't investigate and former Armagh star Oisin McConville believes he may have a case to answer.

"It's something that the disciplinary committee may have a look at," McConville told BBC Sport.

"It wasn't dealt with on the day so they are able to have another look at it.

"Can you conclusively say it was a punch in the mouth? It's a difficult one. I think if Tyrone went to defend that they would get off on this occasion.

"From what we've seen, it was a clear enough strike. At that stage Derry were in the game and it would have made a huge difference to the match."

McConville has already made headlines for disciplinary issues this year after being sent-off for striking Seanie Johnston in a McKenna Cup match in January and missed Tyrone's final league game with Kerry after a post-game altercation with Mayo's Aidan O'Shea.

Watch the incident below:

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