Monday 23 October 2017

Armagh and Dublin to appeal €10,000 fines

Dublin's Davy Byrne was hospitalised with a broken nose following a recent incident
Dublin's Davy Byrne was hospitalised with a broken nose following a recent incident

Colm Keys and Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin and Armagh have both signalled their intention to challenge the proposed fines handed down to them by the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) over incidents in a challenge match earlier this month between their senior inter-county teams.

One incident left Dublin player Davey Byrne hospitalised with a broken nose following an incident before throw-in.

In a subsequent interview, Dublin manager Jim Gavin acknowledged the Byrne incident and the injuries he sustained but also outlined that Byrne and the Armagh player believed to be involved had a "frank" exchange after the match where it was resolved that they would put the incident behind them and move on with their careers.

That prompted CCCC to re-open their investigation.

However, neither county was willing to divulge the identity of the Armagh player involved and the video reviewed by the disciplinary body only commenced at throw-in, shedding no light either. As a consequence, CCCC have proposed fines for both of €10,000 each, not €5,000 each as originally reported last week. These are among the heaviest any county has been hit with for indiscipline in recent times.

Meanwhile, Cavan look set to stick with manager Terry Hyland for a fifth Championship campaign.

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It is understood that Hyland has been given the backing of the Cavan executive committee and, because he was given the remainder of 2012 and a further four years after replacing Val Andrews following his end of League departure, he will not need approval from the clubs.

Hyland guided Cavan to two Ulster U-21 titles and was involved as manager of Cavan in a joint capacity with Andrews in 2011.

They reached an All-Ireland quarter-final in 2013 which they lost to Kerry but have disappointed in two subsequent Championship campaigns.

They did, however, push Monaghan to a point in this year's Ulster Championship and were missing key players when they lost to Roscommon in the qualifiers.

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