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Daly melee man already facing 48-week ban

THE Kilmaley selector at the centre of the melee involving Dublin hurling boss Anthony Daly is under threat of a 48-week ban from the GAA - for an entirely different incident.

Daly is awaiting the findings of the referee's report into the chaos which engulfed his native Clarecastle's Clare MHC final defeat in Sixmilebridge on Saturday after he was pictured clashing with Niall Romer, a member of Kilmaley's management team.

Both Romer and Clarecastle manager Tom Howard were sent from the pitch by referee Jim Hickey and though Daly was captured clashing with the former, he was not sanctioned by the official for his part in the incident.

Romer, however, was only eligible to stand on the line after appealing a 48-week ban for a separate incident in a previous minor championship match, an appeal which is yet to be heard.

Last week, Limerick chiefs handed down a 96-week ban to a Dromcollogher-Broadford supporter who was involved in an altercation with Newcastlewest forward James Kelly towards the end of the county senior football final in the Gaelic Grounds.

It remains to be seen what sanction Clare take but as Daly was not sent off by the referee, it is not known whether or not he will be cited in Hickey's report.

Romer was quoted today insisting: "I wasn't punched, I was tripped," after yesterday publically seeking an apology from Daly but it is unlikely that one will be forthcoming.

Dublin chiefs have promised to uphold whatever decisions the Clare board arrive at, regardless of whether it affects his stewardship of the county's senior hurlers but it seems at this junctures that he is likely to escape serious censure.

Meanwhile, Dublin veteran David Curtin has elected to retire from inter-county hurling after more than a decade of service.