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Gilroy unlikely to face censure

WHILE the GAA launched their latest disciplinary initiative yesterday -- 'Give Respect -- Get Respect' -- questions were being asked about Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy's part in a sideline confrontation in the O'Byrne Cup replay with Meath on Wednesday night.

The new programme, designed to get more respect for referees from players and coaches, ironically, also coincided with the Leinster Council handing out heavy fines and suspensions to Kildare and Laois for their part in a disgraceful melee in the same competition last Sunday.

Gilroy raised his arm to stave off a Meath player, who was shadowing him while he was giving instructions to one of his own players during the clash in Navan, which the royals won by a point.

However, he is unlikely to face any censure as the referee consulted with the linesman at the time and only booked the players.

The Kildare and Laois boards were both hit with fines of €7,000 yesterday after their meeting last weekend saw seven players sent off after an unseemly brawl.

It remains to be seen if any of the two Kildare and four Laois players will now appeal the suspensions, which will be a minimum of four weeks.

Irish Independent