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Laois brawl bans total six years

THE LAOIS County Board has handed down suspensions totalling 300 weeks to players and mentors from senior football clubs, Ballylinan and The Heath, following the mass brawl that forced the abandonment of the club championship game between the two clubs last Thursday night.

Players and mentors became embroiled in a mass brawl before referee, John Flynn, called off the match with just minutes remaining.

An ambulance was called to the scene to take one injured Ballylinan player to hospital.

Ballylinan goalkeeper, Pauric Walsh was suspended for two years, while the four players initially red carded, Aidan and Gary Walsh (Ballylinan) along with Daithí Carroll and Denis Booth (The Heath) each received six months suspension.

Both Carroll and Booth were members of Justin McNulty’s Laois senior football panel this year and are now expected to miss the early parts of next year’s Allianz League campaign as a result of their bans.

Ballylinan selector Ger Walsh and Pat Booth from The Heath were banned for a year apiece while Heath sub Alan Bell was suspended for one month.

AIDAN Walsh will concentrate his |inter-county intention exclusively with the Cork footballers next year.

Last year’s Young Footballer of the Year impressed hugely in the Munster under-21 hurling final, prompting a wave of calls on Leeside for him to declare for Jimmy-Barry Murphy’s new charges or attempt to combine both.

“After the disappointment this year with the football, I want to give that one more lash again next year,” Walsh said.

“I just want to concentrate on that so I won’t bother with the hurling. I know if I tried both I wouldn’t be getting the most out of it.”