Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly in pitch bust-up
DUBLIN hurling manager Anthony Daly has been involved in an on-pitch altercation at a minor match in Clare.
The scuffle happened during the Clare county minor A hurling final in Sixmilebridge, a closely fought game between Daly's former team Clarecastle and another local side, Kilmaley.
One of the men involved in the row has described it as an "argy bargy" but told the Irish Independent that he would like an apology from Mr Daly.
Niall Romer, a coach at Kilmaley, downplayed Saturday's incident, saying: "It was a small bit of an argy bargy. It was nothing really, you know.
"But look, it's part and parcel of the game. I'd rather it would kind of be let go."
However, he added: "All I want is for Daly to ring me and apologise."
Mr Romer would not be drawn on the cause of Saturday's row but confirmed that gardai have not become involved.
Several attempts to contact Mr Daly last night were unsuccessful.
According to locals who attended the game, the altercation kicked off shortly after a Kilmaley goal when mentors from both teams including Mr Daly and Mr Romer became involved in scuffles.
Fianna Fail Cllr Tom McNamara, who was at the match, said: "It's all kind of a big laugh over here now anyway."
He said: "Kilmaley got a goal and it looked like it should have been a free out, maybe 20 seconds before the goal was scored."
Cllr McNamara described the participants in the row as "characters" and added: "It was the funniest you ever saw because it looked like Romer was going to get a hammering -- one of them went for him and he fell over and the other fellas went straight over him."
He added: "You'd be disappointed but the thing about it is that the game was so clean.
"I think the referee gave one yellow card but there wasn't another bad stroke in the game."
Meanwhile, Clare County Board chairman Micheal O'Neill said: "I wasn't at the match, sure I was here in Ennis at the Shinty."
He added: "I haven't seen any of the photos. It would be very foolish and stupid of me to comment on something that I haven't seen."
He continued: "If there was an incident there to be spoken of, it will be in the referee's report. That's the way we normally do things in Clare."
Mr O'Neill said: "I'd rather see no photographs in relation to something like that."