Tuesday 15 October 2019

Corofin reeling after fine increased

Cliona Foley

COROFIN were left reeling yesterday after discovering that their appeal against a huge fine by Connacht Council has resulted in it being increased by another €500.

The club received fines totalling €5,100 after the special investigation into the post-match scenes that saw referee Liam Devenney needing an escort off the field at the end of their Connacht club football final defeat to St Brigid's of Roscommon.

Corofin were initially hit with a €4,000 fine for "disruptive misconduct by players, team officials and supporters at the end of the game" and received another €1,100 in fines on top of that for breach of 'match-day regulations.'

The former All-Ireland club champions appealed both fines to Connacht Council on Monday night, who increased them to a total of €5,600.

Connacht's Hearings Committee decided to add an additional €500 to their original €4,000 fine and their appeal against the €1,100 was also unsuccessful.

A club source said last night that they were "genuinely shocked" by the decision and would be holding a meeting of their members now to decide if they will take their case further.

Their next move would be to go the Connacht Appeals Committee and if unsuccessful there they would have one final option of taking their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).

Two Corofin members -- a player and a selector -- received minimum suspensions of four-weeks each from the same game, which they did not appeal.

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