Monday 22 January 2018

Investigations continue into ugly weekend rows

Temperatures rise at the end of normal time
Temperatures rise at the end of normal time
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee are continuing their investigations into the two flashpoints that erupted in qualifiers last weekend.

Cavan and Fermanagh engaged in a fractious stand-off at half-time in their meeting in Kingspan Breffni Park, which resulted in Fermanagh player Sean Quigley being red-carded just before the restart and Cavan's assistant manager Anthony Forde being sent to the stands by referee Michael Duffy.

In Longford, tempers flared in an eagerly contested match with Wexford at the end of normal time.

Both managers, Longford's Glen Ryan and Wexford's Aidan O'Brien, apologised for the incident afterwards.

The counties have yet to hear if there will be any punishment meted out for the incidents by way of fines or individual suspensions.

The Longford strength and conditioning coach, David Hare, has dismissed the nature of the exchanges and doesn't believe he has a case to answer, despite taking off his glasses in a much publicised incident and getting involved in what he says was a peace-keeping role.

The CCCC are seeking additional footage of both incidents before suspensions or penalties, if any, are proposed.

Meanwhile, Ryan is understood to be considering his future after last weekend's exit to Wexford which completed a fifth year in charge. The expectation is that he will step aside and not seek another season.

Ryan, currently the fourth longest serving manager behind Tyrone's Mickey Harte, Kildare's Kieran McGeeney and Cork's Conor Counihan, has had success with Longford in guiding them to promotion in successive years, but this year was a disappointment as they lost all seven league matches and then crashed out of the Leinster championship after losing to Wicklow.

The GAA have announced that there is a limited number of tickets available for tomorrow night's qualifier between Tyrone and Kildare in St Conleth's Park.

The expected squeeze on availability for travelling Tyrone supporters has not materialised.

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