NORTHERN IRELAND police have launched a criminal investigation after a Carrickmore supporter had part of his ear bitten off during the ugly row that erupted during last Sunday's football league final in Tyrone.
The man has undergone surgery to reattach the severed part of his ear, but it remains touch-and-go whether the operation will prove successful.
This is the latest sickening detail to emerge in the wake of last Sunday's eruption of violence, which saw an on-field melee between players from Dromore and Carrickmore spread to the stand in Dunmoyle, with play held up for around 10 minutes.
The fighting among spectators resulted in numerous other injuries including broken bones and lacerations to the face.
It's understood the Carrickmore man, in his early 40s and reportedly traumatised, had the bottom part of his ear severed and was immediately taken to Craigavon Area Hospital, where he was told there was little could be done. However, surgeons at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald were able to reattach the severed part of his ear during a 90-minute procedure on Monday.
A police investigation was launched on Tuesday night.
DES NEWTON has been handed a two-year term as Roscommon's new senior football manager.
The open secret of Newton's appointment was confirmed by last night's county board ratification; his backroom team has yet to be finalised although it's understood another former Roscommon defender, Enon Gavin, will be one selector.
Nigel Dineen was also ratified as Roscommon's new U21 boss for a similar two-year term, and he will be joined by selectors Eddie Lohan, Basil Mannion and Denis Gavin.