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Portlaoise brawl clubs may learn fate today

DROMID Pearses and Derrytresk could learn their fate today arising out of their bust-up in last Sunday's AIB All-Ireland junior Club Football semi-final at Portlaoise.

It's understood that the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) will meet today to review two separate videos of the various incidents and to consider the report of referee Frank Flynn (Leitrim).

CCCC vice-chairman Tommy Kilcoyne (Sligo) will preside in the absence of chairman Seamus Woods who, as a Tyrone man, has stepped aside to avoid a conflict of interest since the hearing involves a club from his own county.

The meeting comes as the saga took a new twist with Dromid Pearses issuing a statement in which they expressed their dismay at last Sunday's events. They also stated that they were "united in the knowledge that the CCCC will deal with this and assign punishment to those who instigated events".

This is certain to anger Derrytresk, who will regard it as attempt to throw the blame over on them and influence the CCCC on the day the case is to be considered.

"We felt that the issue of violence and public scenes of disturbance need to be highlighted and acted upon in an official capacity as it left us, as a team, management and club, feeling quite disturbed. The fact that so many people were placed in danger cannot be left unnoticed," notes the Dromid statement.

It also states that their reaction is "not an issue of Kerry versus Tyrone" and that they would have felt the same irrespective of the opposition. "We have the greatest respect for Tyrone football, but incidents such as last Sunday's cannot be tolerated by anyone or any team, regardless of what county or province they represent."

Irish Independent