Saturday 19 August 2017

WATCH: Cork accept Clare apology after individual in Banner gear stole bag of sliotars during Munster final

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash
Anthony Nash of Cork speaking with team doctor Dr. Con Murphy

Jackie Cahill and Independent.ie Newsdesk

CONCLUSIVE footage has emerged of the individual who took a bag of sliotars from behind the Cork goal before last Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final – before throwing it into the Killinan End terrace at Semple Stadium.

The video shows the man in question, dressed in a Clare training top, shorts and wearing a baseball cap, hovering with intent on the New Stand touchline.

A supporter in the stand has his camera phone trained on the man, who is seen drinking from a bottle of water before making his move.

The man proceeds to make his way behind the Killinan End goal, patrolled by Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash in the first half, before doubling back and picking up a red-coloured bag.

A second, shorter, video clearly shows the man taking the bag before he tosses it into the terrace and runs back to the New Stand side of the field.

It has also been reported this morning that Cork had to replace the sliotars that were meant for Nash’s use.

Speaking to RTE this evening, Cork County Board Chairman Ger Lane revealed that Clare had apologised for the incident.

"We accept their apologies and we move on. It was very disappointing that this incident took place," he said

"The Clare county board made contact with us to apologise and Donal Moloney contacted Kieran Kingston today also.

"The Munster Council are aware of it and both counties are aware of it but we accept Clare’s apologies anyway for it.

"It is my own view that it won’t go any further. Clare have made contact with us and have explained how it came about.

"They said that they weren’t aware that it was being organised, so I can imagine that will be it from our point of view."

Munster Council officials are expected to launch an official investigation into the matter.

If Munster Council decide to proceed with an official charge, the individual could face a lengthy touchline ban, while Cork will also ask how he managed to get into a position where he could take the bag and then dispose of it.

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