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Probe after ref spat on and abused after game

THE Dublin county board will investigate claims that a football referee was verbally abused and spat at during angry scenes following a club championship match on Wednesday night.

Trouble erupted after St Peregrine's overhauled St Anne's, 1-10 to 0-12, courtesy of a last-gasp penalty that decided their Evening Herald Dublin SFC clash at Newcastle.

Dublin GAA chairman Gerry Harrington has promised that the county board's CCC "will invesitigate any breach of rule or indiscipline by any member of the GAA" upon receipt of the report of match referee Philip Fitzsimons.

"I do understand there were some unsavoury incidents after the game," Harrington told the Herald. "I do understand that the referee was verbally abused and was spat at.

"You can take it that the CCC will investigate the incidents, and any breach of rule or indiscipline will be dealt with severely.

"We in Dublin will not allow incidents like that to tarnish our games and we will deal with them severely, believe you me," the Dublin chief concluded.

St Peregrine's booked their place in the next round, against UCD in O'Toole Park next Sunday, after Stuart Lowndes converted the all-important penalty deep in stoppage time.