GAA team storms off pitch over allegation of sectarian remark
MEMBERS of a Gaelic football team walked off the pitch over a claim that one of the team was subjected to an alleged sectarian remark.
Monaghan County Board has now been asked to investigate an allegation from Ballybay Pearse Brothers that their county player Drew Wylie was the victim of an alleged sectarian remark during a county league match against Magheracloone.
It is the latest in a series of sinister allegations which local and central Competition Controls Committees (CCCs) have found themselves dealing with in recent months.
The county champions walked off the field yesterday and refused to finish the match after Wylie had been red carded just after half-time.
The club reported the nature of the remark alleged to have been made to Wylie to the match referee just before he was sent off.
It later issued a statement confirming that the players withdrew from the game after "an incident".
At a subsequent club committee meeting it gave full support to their player.
The statement, issued through club chairman Martin Gleeson, said the "incident" was reported to the referee and the Ballybay players then withdrew from the game.
"Ballybay Pearse Brothers Committee has held a meeting on this matter and it is now with the Monaghan County Board for investigation."
Magheracloone chairman Bernard Freeman said he had "no comment" to make on the allegation and subsequent withdrawal of the Ballybay players.
The club did, however, plan to release a statement giving its version of events through the Monaghan County Board.
Cavan CCC is currently investigating claims that a club player was bitten in a recent league game. The same board's 2012 CCC also had to investigative allegations of racial abuse in an intermediate match late last year, but no charges arose.
Club players and an umpire were suspended for racial abuse in Wexford last year, as was a club player in Down arising out of an investigation into alleged racial remarks directed at Crossmaglen player Aaron Cunningham.