Laois throw book at Clonaslee after ugly scenes
LAOIS County Board have handed out the severest possible punishments to Clonaslee-St Manman's club after the ugly aftermath to the recent county IHC semi-final.
The local Competitions Control Committee (CCC) has recommended life bans for two of their supporters, plus suspensions ranging from six months to two years for five of their players. The club is expected to contest all of them.
They have also recommended that the club loses its 'home advantage' for the next five years, as well as a €2,000 fine.
It was feared the club was facing complete expulsion from all competitions next year and while this did not transpire, it is believed that the Laois CCC have threatened this for any future transgressions and ordered the club to draw up and sign a code of conduct for the 2011 season.
Life bans have been proposed for supporters Tommy Tynan and Eugene Young, while suspensions of 96 weeks have been proposed for players James Young, Glen McEvoy and Tommy Tynan Jnr, as well as a 48-week ban for Conor Gorman and one of 24 weeks for Conor McEvoy
Almost 10 minutes of injury-time were played and Clonaslee, who were pipped by a point, felt that Ballyfin's late winning goal had failed to cross the line.
The referee, his umpires, several County Board officials as well as a local photographer were all caught up in the ugly scenes that followed the final whistle.
Elsewhere, the fractious conclusion to one of the county semi-finals last weekend could yet disrupt the Offaly SHC final between Tullamore and Coolderry tomorrow week after Kilcormac/Killoughey lodged an objection to their three-point semi-final defeat.
Three players -- one from Tullamore -- were sent off in the second half of the encounter and Kilcormac/Killoughey have claimed that one sending off was a case of mistaken identity by the match referee.