Wednesday 23 May 2018

Bradley could face ban for club clash

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DERRY senior football star Eoin Bradley could be hit with a lengthy suspension after an alleged post-match incident with a referee following his club Glenullin's exit from the county SF championship last weekend.

County officials are awaiting the report of match referee Declan O'Connor but have confirmed they have a match video that they also intend studying.

Bradley scored two points for Glenullin, who were pipped 3-2 to 1-7 by Ballinascreen, and it is understood his club alleged that the referee was not able to keep up with play after the match official had picked up an injury in the first half.

The chairman of the Derry Competitions Control Committee (CCC), Mickey McCracken, has confirmed that referee O'Connor was troubled by injury during the game.

"Before half-time he had a slight injury but, at half-time, we checked with him and he was happy enough to continue," McCracken said.

"He was definitely struggling in the second half. We asked again whether he was happy to continue and he wanted to see it out until the end."

That match official was allegedly struck by a Glenullin player after the match had ended.

The minimum punishment for using threatening language to a match official or even the slightest physical interference with a referee -- "laying a hand on, pushing, pulling or jostling" -- is a 12-week suspension.

Those are 'category 4' offences but 'category 5' offences -- "to strike, or attempt to strike a match official" -- earn a 48-week suspension and also leave the offender's team "liable to disqualification, where appropriate".

The Bradley brothers -- Eoin and Paddy -- have formed an impressive twin strike force for Derry in recent years but older sibling Paddy announced his inter-county retirement earlier this summer.

Their father Liam managed Antrim in recent seasons, leading them to a historic Ulster SFC final last year, and he is currently one of those nominated for the Derry senior manager's vacancy after Damian Cassidy stepped down.

Irish Independent

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