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Referee David Gough. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Referee David Gough. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Referee David Gough. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

THE Leinster Council will investigate an allegation made that a DCU player was bitten during Sunday's O'Byrne Cup win over Dublin.

The likelihood, however, that one of Jim Gavin's men will face disciplinary action appears remote.

Referee David Gough's report was received by the Leinster Council at lunchtime yesterday and the Herald understands that contained within is an accusation by a DCU player of a bite, though Gough did not witness the alleged incident himself.

A meeting of the council's CCC has been scheduled for tomorrow night when the provincial body will consider the contents of the report and how to proceed.

They are likely to ask DCU to verify the claim by providing evidence, though it is expected that the college will not pursue the matter any further.

Dublin senior football management were making no comment on published allegations of the incident or the impending Leinster Council investigation.

Mindful of adding to media attention, a spokesperson for Dublin senior football would not be drawn to comment, either on the story, or the possibility of disciplinary action by the Leinster Council.

The report asserted that an incident occurred moments prior to a minor flashpoint during which several players from both teams became embroiled in a spate of pushing and shoving.

There was no mention of any serious altercation or hint of a brewing storm in the immediate aftermath of the match, with both Jim Gavin and DCU trainer Mick Bohan speaking to the media within 40 minutes of the final whistle, with the only disciplinary incident mentioned by either the straight red card issued to Paul Flynn for striking. DCU's manager Niall Moyna was conducting blood tests with some of his players as part of a study into the effects of training on young players and thus delegated media duties to Bohan – as he regularly has in the past after O'Byrne and Sigerson matches – but did not show any visible signs of annoyance upon entering their dressing room.

The first trace of an allegation appeared on a popular GAA-centric Twitter account which posted live updates from Parnell Park on Sunday, although the specific tweet has since been deleted.

TRANSGRESSION

With no public allegation from a player or member of management team, any further action now will depend entirely on Leinster Council firming up any transgression with DCU, either with their sideline team, medical personnel or with the specific player involved.

Thus it seems unlikely that disciplinary measures would be meted out, given that, firstly, Gough did not witness the alleged incident; secondly, no television cameras were present in Parnell Park on Sunday, footage from which might shed light on any incident if it occured and lastly, DCU are not making, apparently, any official complaint.

Certainly, they are making no statement on the issue and it remains to be seen whether the DCU player who is alleged to be involved is willing to appear in front of the provincial council to provide evidence.

DUBLIN'S senior hurlers face UCD this Saturday night (7pm) in their Bord na Móna Walsh Cup quarter-final. The Dubs have prepared for the Walsh Cup with recent challenges against Waterford and Antrim's Loughiel.


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