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McGuinness: We urged McBrearty to attend hearing


Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

JIM McGuinness has admitted that both he and the Donegal County Board advised Paddy McBrearty to attend the CHC hearing pertaining to the so called 'bitegate' incident in which Dublin footballer Kevin O'Brien had a proposed suspension quashed.

McBrearty's no-show at the hearing left the CHC without sufficient evidence to enforce a three-match suspension proposed by the CCCC, a fact recently bemoaned by GAA president Liam O'Neill.

"We wanted him to go; the County Board wanted him to go. But he is 18 years of age," explained McGuinness. "Patrick said everything he had to say and they had all the information. He decided he didn't want to go into a room and point a finger at anyone."

Responding to O'Neill's comments, the Donegal boss added: "The president of the GAA is a school teacher and should know someone of that age is not fully developed and fully mature and doesn't want to get into a court room-like situation.

"The thing was reported to the referee and was put into the hands of the CCCC.

"They had a strong enough case to ban the player and, over the last two weeks, I am reading negative articles."

"Patrick is the victim in this. We knew he was bitten at half-time. Our doctor confirmed that he was bitten. The hospital confirmed he was bitten."


Wexford clash now at DCU

DUBLIN'S Leinster MFC clash with Wexford has been fixed for 3.0 at DCU tomorrow.

Delegates from both counties were involved in negotiations late into the night at Leinster Council meeting in Moorefield after a dispute had arisen over the scheduling of the tie.

Initially, Dublin were granted a home fixture, at Parnell Park, with all four quarter-finals fixed for Saturday at 3.0. However, the matter has been complicated by the scheduled staging of the Ladies Gaelic Football League finals at Parnell tomorrow.

All three divisional finals are down for decision, with throw-ins at 12.15, 2.0 and 3.45 respectively and each will also be screened live by TG4.

Yet subsequent suggestions from Dublin to play the match after the ladies finals at 7.0 were rebuffed.

Had no solution been reached between representatives of the counties, the matter would have been turned over to Leinster Council's CCC, who would then decide a time and venue for the match without consulting either party.

However, 11th hour discussions between the parties finally resolved the impasse.


Three changes for minors

DUBLIN minor football manager Cyril Kevlihan has made three changes to his starting line ahead of his side's Leinster MFC quarter-final against Wexford tomorrow.

Into the side come full-forward Con O'Callaghan, David McGrath and Martin Cahalan, with Cillian Sheanon, Eoghan McHugh and Dara Mullin the players to miss out. O'Callaghan kicked three points when introduced during Dublin's extra-time win over Louth last month, while Cahalan from Cuala will take his place at right-corner back. Dublin will field a new midfield pairing of Sam Molony and Eoghan O'Donnell, while Garvan Gallagaher returns to more familiar surroundings of wing-forward after playing at full-back against Louth.

DUBLIN (MFC v Wexford): L Molloy; M Cahalan, J Mullins, E Murchan; A Byrne, T Hanafin, C Kavanagh; S Molony, E O'Donnell; A Foley, C Basquel, G Gallagher; M Deegan, C O'Callaghan, D McGrath.

TYRONE officials are unhappy with the county's allocation of tickets for the Ulster SFC duel with reigning All-Ireland champions Donegal at Ballybofey on May 26. Tyrone have received 5,750 tickets for the game, which is believed to be around 1,000 fewer than Donegal. The capacity at Seán MacCumhaill Park is capped at 17,500.