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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Sanctions expected for ugly pre-match brawl as band forced to run for cover

Published 09/06/2014 | 08:13

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8 June 2014; Both Armagh and Cavan teams involved in an incident as they lined up behind the band in the pre-match parade Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Both Armagh and Cavan teams involved in an incident as they lined up behind the band in the pre-match parade Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
8 June 2014; Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
8 June 2014; Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
8 June 2014; Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Armagh v Cavan, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Armagh and Cavan County Boards are bracing themselves for disciplinary action stemming from ugly scenes before a ball was thrown in at the Athletic Grounds.

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Armagh put a disappointing league campaign to emerge victorious on a score line of 1-12 to 0-09, but it was the pre-match brawl that was the main talking point which left Cavan forward Martin Dunne ruled out of the game following  the incident.

The bizarre and ugly confrontation kicked off as the two teams ran over to march in the pre-match parade behind the St Michael's Scout Band of Enniskillen.

Armagh took the 'inside' line which happened to be behind the Cavan flag as the band lined up on the sideline opposite the main stand.

Cavan players reacted and tried to force their way through the ranks of Armagh players and suddenly it was virtually man-for man aggro, as all hell broke loose, with band members forced to run for cover during the moment of madness.

Referee Marty Duffy and his linesmen tried to intervene but a lot of punching and grappling ensued for almost two minutes as the players went at it hammer and tongs.

An Ulster official said afterwards that Croke Park authorities will deal with the incidents once the ref's report is delivered to GAA Headquarters, who are sure to take a strong line on such a high profile incident.

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