No probe into Thurles tunnel incident claims
Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30
THE GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) are now unlikely to investigate any claims of interference with referee James McGrath in the tunnel at Semple Stadium during half-time in Sunday's Munster hurling semi-final between Cork and Clare.
McGrath is understood not to have made reference to any such incident in his report on the match.
However, a verbal confrontation by members of Clare's back-room team on the pitch, just as the first half ended, may warrant investigation by the disciplinary body.
There was anger in Clare at the match officiating despite acknowledgement that they deserved to lose.
Clare chairman Michael McDonagh has called for a complete analysis of "issues" during the game. However, he didn't specifically mention the referee.
"The whole match should be analysed from A-Z. They're (Croke Park officials) big enough men to see exactly what went on there," he said.
"What I'm looking for is a complete analysis of the game by GAA management," he added. "They should get this done and a report should be sent out to each of the counties.
"We just want to make sure that what happened in Thurles never happens again."
Meanwhile, Monaghan's Darren Hughes is unlikely to face censure for barging into Tyrone selector Gavin Devlin at the final whistle in Sunday's Ulster quarter-final in Clones.
Hughes, who had been black-carded minutes earlier, made contact with Devlin as he ran onto the field and also had verbal exchanges with some of the Tyrone players. But the incident does not look like it will land the Monaghan player in any trouble.
The CCCC will also move this week to tidy up regulations regarding the use of 'ball boys' at championship matches.
It follows the positioning of the currently injured Tyrone footballer Conor Clarke behind his own goal during the first half of the Ulster quarter-final when Monaghan's Kieran Hughes was preparing to take a penalty.
Hughes struck an upright and the ball rebounded back into play, but as he took the penalty, Clarke, who was acting as 'ball boy' for his goalkeeper Niall Morgan, could be seen waving his arms behind the goals in an effort to distract the Monaghan man.