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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Lengthy ban for Tyrone 'fan' caught in spitting row

Referee Joe McQuillan, shows Donegal's Michael Murphy a red card
Referee Joe McQuillan, shows Donegal's Michael Murphy a red card
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TYRONE officials have taken swift action against the spectator alleged to have spat at Donegal's Karl Lacey at the end of last Sunday's Allianz Football League tie in Omagh.

The board has not named the individual, nor given any details of the punishment they have handed out, but it is understood to be a lengthy suspension.

Lacey, who sat out the game with injury, was reportedly spat upon as he walked down the players' tunnel following Tyrone's four-point win.

Tyrone chairman Ciaran McLaughlin and manager Mickey Harte visited the Donegal dressing-room and apologised to Lacey and his team-mates.

"When the incident was brought to our attention we acted swiftly and we did immediately go to the player involved," McLaughlin said.

"We expressed our disgust and issued sincere apologies to him, and his team, for the incident which had occurred and which we're currently dealing with.

"I categorically condemn the incident. I'm not sure what an individual is thinking when he does something like what has been alleged.

"We are all Gaels playing our national games and that's why I would urge, that all of our members revisit their behaviour at our games and ensure that they are always behaving as we would expect from our players to the very highest levels," McLaughlin added.

Elsewhere the Westmeath board has also come down hard on one of their minor footballers, hitting him with a whopping 80-week suspension.

The local board imposed the lengthy 20-month ban on an unnamed Ballynacargy player who allegedly assaulted Shandonagh opponent, Cathal Craig, during a minor football league match in Ballynacargy's Moynihan Park last Sunday week.

The Shandonagh player was airlifted from the pitch to a Dublin hospital after suffering mouth and facial injuries.

Irish Independent

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