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O'Dowd says Burke bitten in Royal rout

DUBLIN'S huge Leinster final win over Meath in Croke Park yesterday was overshadowed by allegations of a bite to a Meath player during the match.

A visibly irked Meath manager Mick O'Dowd claimed afterwards that substitute Mickey Burke had been bitten and the likelihood now is that the GAA will launch an investigation into the accusation.

"I've just come back to the dressing-room after speaking to you and I see the doctor dealing with his finger," O'Dowd explained after returning to the Croke Park media centre, having already conducted his post-match interviews.

"And he's gone to the Dublin dressing-room to talk to the Dublin doctor because there's a protocol to deal with in terms of a bite, in terms of blood transferring from one person to another."

The claim came after Dublin had dished out a 16-point hiding, their biggest winning margin over the Royals in a Leinster final since 1955, and a win which hardened their status as firm All-Ireland favourites, with their odds shortening to 1/2 for a second consecutive Sam Maguire Cup success as a result.

The Dublin county board and senior football management were remaining tight-lipped on the allegation, with both declining to comment.