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So, Armagh's Aaron Findon has apologised to the Donegal team doctor and the winners team medic has accepted. Well, that's grand then, nothing more to see here, let's all move on. And the next time it happens, to make things okay with the world, just know that an apology, heartfelt or otherwise, will make things just mighty fine. Even the GAA and its discipline body the CCCC, appear happy with the resolution.

The week previous to that, Monaghan's Kieran Hughes threw a ball twice at an opposition players head/face and in between grabbed and pulled his hair, all in the full sight of the referee who decided to take no action. Hopefully an apology was forthcoming and sure, even if it was not, the CCCC again decided to take no action.

How many times over the years has his column written about the lack of discipline in our games and the attitude of managers and officials to indiscipline? And you can forget about any evidence being offered if their own players are involved. The omerta kicks in and the energy to investigate wanes. And on we go until the next time.

It was depressing to note how many players and pundits thought the push on the doctor was acceptable, some asking what he was doing there and others suggesting he has the same status as a player once he crosses the white line.

Indiscipline, the final cancer that threatens the health of our games: no cure in sight I'm afraid and worse, nobody trying to find one.


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