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Harrington promises full investigation into U21 melee

THE investigation into last Saturday's abandoned Dublin U21 'A' hurling semi-final between Na Fianna and Craobh Chiaráin could begin as early as this evening with the county board eager to get a full enquiry underway as quickly as possible.

The match was abandoned by referee Kevin Roche after a brawl erupted with one minute remaining in extra time and Na Fianna leading by a point - in the melee some spectators became involved. "The Dublin county competitions committee are meeting this evening for a scheduled meeting and they will be discussing that particular match, as well as others," explained chairman, Gerry Harrington.

"They may not have received the referee's report at that time. They will conduct an investigation and they will give out penalties where they feel those penalties are deserved.

"I wouldn't condone what happened. We all go out to see matches and enjoy them and not pre-empting what will happen at a disciplinary hearing, I would not be happy with that happening in any game."

Na Fianna have condemned what happened, branding the scenes "unsatisfactory, with no place in our games" while Craobh would not comment.

Cuala are waiting in the final, which was due to be played this Saturday but the ongoing investigation is set to cause a postponement.

The Dalkey have already captured the 2009 Dublin U21 FC 'A' title having defeated Kilmacud Crokes in the final.

p DUBLIN'S Walsh Cup final clash with Galway has been fixed for Sunday in Parnell Park at 12.45.

Having beaten Wexford by four points in Gorey on Saturday, Dublin were entitled to home advantage though the AIB club hurling semi-final between Dunloy and Portumna had already been fixed for Parnell Park at 2.30, leaving Leinster Council with the option of moving the Walsh Cup final away from Dublin HQ or playing it as the curtain raiser in a hurling double-header on Sunday.