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Antrim eye bans for life

ANTRIM GAA chiefs have given an emphatic message that they won't tolerate violence against match officials by proposing to expel four members for life.

Their clampdown follows a recent attack on inter-county referee Ray Matthews, who was taken to hospital and diagnosed with whiplash after being assaulted at the final whistle of an U21 club championship semi-final match between St Mary's Rasharkin and Lámh Dearg.

Explaining their decision, Antrim chairman Jim Murray said: "Let the message be very clearly understood by everyone involved in the GAA in Antrim. We will simply not tolerate the kind of abuse which took place."

The Antrim CCC has now asked for one Rasharkin player, one mentor and two club members be expelled from the GAA for life.

The club will be excluded from all competitions, above but not including minor level, for one year, but has the right to appeal.