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Daly has to wait for row verdict

ANOTHER disciplinary headache for Croke Park this morning could yet have ramifications for Dublin hurling after Anthony Daly was caught at the centre of a flashpoint during Saturday's Clare MHC final.

The Dublin boss could miss pre-season training if he is identified and rebuked by Banner authorities for his part in the unsightly brawl between his native Clarecastle and Kilmaley in Sixmilebridge.

At worst, Daly could see an eight-week suspension, which would rule him out of all GAA activity until shortly before the New Year, although there could be deeper consequences for both clubs and some players.

The Clare county board have promised a full investigation although referee Jim Hickey's report will not be dealt with until next Monday, November 5.

According to eye-witnesses, there had been no major incidents during the match itself, which Kilmaley won by a single point in a dramatic conclusion, although there was verbal provocation between the two benches.

And though Daly is pictured at the centre of the chaos, he was not one of the two mentors who were ordered from the pitch by the referee for their involvement.

Clare chiefs have already pledged to base their investigation solely on the contents of Hickey's report and not the photographs of the incident and as Daly was not reprimanded at the time, he may not be referenced in the document and could therefore escape with a lighter sanction.


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