Saturday 17 March 2018

Eugene McGee: Scenes like these are real cancer in the GAA

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The start of the new year and already we have headlines after yet another brawl at a GAA game. Over the years lots of things have changed in the GAA world, usually for the better, but the one constant blot on the good name of the sport is the regular recurrence of outbreaks of violence.

Normally at this time of year, before the season has got properly into action, we don't get incidents like this, so it is a particularly bad omen for the GAA authorities to read about what happened in O'Moore Park (right) in the All-Ireland club JFC semi-final between Tyrone's Derrytresk and Dromid Pearses from South Kerry, which the former won by six points.

I was not at the game so I cannot really discuss the details, but the common routine in these disgraceful incidents was followed: a few players get over-heated as the first half is ending; as the teams head for the tunnel a brawl breaks out, and is aggravated when spectators come charging onto the field and wade in.

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