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Woof justice as Dubs mascot Rocco is banned from Croker

THE unofficial Dublin doggie mascot will not be able to support his team against the might of Tyrone this Saturday -- as he's banned from Croke Park.

Rocco, normally seen at Dublin games sporting his own miniature Dublin jersey, has fallen foul of the strict 'no dogs' rule at Croke Park.

For the first time in this championship season, the terrier will have to cheer on the Blues at home.

His owner Maria Farrell will make the trip to Croke Park this Saturday to see Pat Gilroy's Dublin football team take on Mickey Harte's Tyrone men.



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"I definitely believe Rocco brings the boys luck during games," Maria told the Herald."It's a shame I cannot bring him along tomorrow."

Dog lover Maria usually takes her pet with her to every game at Blues home grounds Parnell Park.

But the owner was spotted with Rocco and tow and forced to bring the pooch home.

She explained: "I had to leave and bring him home in a taxi -- Dublin lost that day."

Maria will be heading to the match with friends to support Bernard Brogan and his troops in the quarter-final. Some 60,000 fans will turn out at Croke Park tomorrow night for the clash against their old rivals Tyrone.

Pat Gilroy's troops are raring to go and keen to put an end to the 16-year wait for the Sam Maguire.

They last did it in 1995, but the footballers are grinding their way closer to the final and are hungry to win their first All-Ireland title in over a decade.

Croke Park Stadium Director Peter McKenna is rallying support for Brogan's team and thinks the Dubs can go all the way.

"It's knock-out stage now, last man standing stuff -- an All-Ireland winner will be playing tomorrow for definite."

Maria will be cheering them on and also hopes she can bring Rocco to his first All-Ireland decider.

Fans can get their tickets to the 7pm throw-in from all usual outlets and at ticketmaster.ie.

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