Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tyrone officials to launch investigation after spectators and players join in mass brawl

Tyrone GAA chiefs last night promised a full investigation after a mass brawl at the Division 1 football league final spilled over into the crowd, with spectators involved in ugly scenes.

Fighting, which broke out between players in the closing stages of the Carrickmore v Dromore final, sparked a mini-riot in the stand at Dunmoyle.

A number of spectators were left with open wounds as a result of the disturbance, which lasted almost 10 minutes. Two Carrickmore players received straight red cards as a result of the on-field disorder, with Dromore running out five-point winners once order was restored.

County chairman Ciaran McLaughlin promised that an in-depth investigation would be undertaken by the county's Competitions Control Committee.

"Obviously they will have to investigate it fully and if there are sanctions to be brought, they will be brought," said McLaughlin.

"When something happens outside the perimeter of the field, and spectators become involved, it's very serious."

Earlier this season, a referee was seriously assaulted at a ladies match in Tyrone as a result of which two men, one of them a member of the Carrickmore management team, received lifetime bans.

Irish Independent

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