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Meath men vote 'no' to a replay

MEATH look set to break Louth hearts after the players from the Royal county voted over-whelmingly against a replay.

The vote took place during a meeting of the team and backroom staff yesterday afternoon.

Former All-Ireland winner with Meath Bernard Flynn has called on the Meath County Board to respect the players' decision.

"It doesn't surprise me," he said. "The county board should respect that and go with whatever the players have decided.

"Personally I don't see a problem with a replay, I think it would benefit the Meath team greatly but it would set a huge precedent."

The issue will be discussed by the Meath board again this evening after the GAA said they would facilitate a replay if Meath so wish.

Meath must choose whether to face the ire of GAA fans from across the country or grant Louth a second bite of the cherry by agreeing to a replay.

Referee Martin Sludden, right, admitted he was wrong in awarding the goal in the final seconds of the turbulent game.

The GAA added: "However, under GAA rules, a re-fixture cannot be ordered as the referee's report of the full-time score is final." But any offer of a replay by Meath would be accommodated, they said.

Meanwhile the Louth County Board chairman Pauric O'Connor has vowed to assist gardai in their investigations into the violent scenes that were witnessed in the immediate aftermath of the game.