Sunday 19 May 2019

Wexford's fine reduced after hearing

WEXFORD GAA has had the €5,000 fine recommended by the Central Competitions Control Committee reduced.

Following the recommendation of the hefty fine, Wexford GAA. asked for a hearing which came before the Central Hearings Committee in Croke Park on Thursday week last.

Wexford were represented by County Secretary, Margaret Doyle, along with Leinster Council delegate, Joe O'Shaugnessy, while team manager, Aidan O'Brien, also attended as a witness.

The fine was imposed on both Wexford and Longford following the Pearse Park fracas at the end of the 70 minutes of their qualifier game which the Model county went on to win in extra-time.

As a result of the investigation both teams were hit with €5,000 fines, while David Murphy was handed a one-match ban, with team trainer, Jason Moran, getting an eight-week ban. Longford's Michael Quinn was also given a one-match ban, while two mentors, Dave Hare and James Murray, were also hit with eight-week bans.

Wexford Secretary Margaret Doyle presented a case for Wexford G.A.A. to the Hearings Committee and, following a short recess, they came back with a reduced fine of €3,000. However, the one-match ban imposed on David Murphy was upheld.

The Secretary moved a very strong case for the county which met with quite a positive response from the Hearings Committee.

'While we could have done without the €5,000 fine, to have it reduced was welcome. Unfortunately we were not successful in the case of David Murphy,' she said.

Wexford is the only county to have successfully presented a case to the Hearings Committee to have a fine reduced.

Gorey Guardian