Wednesday 22 November 2017

Case closed on Galvin 'spitting' incident

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More than three months on from the launch of an investigation into allegations of spitting in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship final, the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) have closed the case without being able to propose any charge against either club.

Kerry champions Finuge lost to Tyrone champions Cookstown Fr Rock's in the final in early February, but the investigation only got under way a month later when video clips surfaced on YouTube which appeared to show Finuge and Kerry star Paul Galvin being spat at.

The clip appeared to show Galvin wiping his face and protesting to Owen Mulligan, who was not involved in the alleged incident. A second video clip was later released that appeared to show a different spitting exchange.

In a statement released on his own website, Galvin subsequently confirmed that he had been spat at and "utterly and unequivocally" distanced himself from claims made regarding verbal abuse during the game.

Former Tyrone player Mulligan, in defending his club against the original allegations arising from the release of the video, had suggested the match had been played against a backdrop of strong verbal abuse between the teams.

Galvin expressed his disappointment with Mulligan's comments at the time, but despite correspondence with the CCCC it is understood that he did not wish to make a statement or provide evidence to the investigation to support his confirmation that he was spat at.

In issuing his statement last March, Galvin said he had "no interest in dragging this matter out" and this apparently tallied with his view when contacted as part of the investigation.

Despite correspondence with both clubs, the CCCC were not able to pursue the matter any further because of a lack of evidence.

Cookstown Fr Rock's chairman Adrian Gilmore said they were satisfied the matter had concluded.

"We're very content that the CCCC have come to this decision. We've had the threat of punishment hanging over our heads for close to four months now.

"Much of that rumour has been stoked up by elements of the southern media," he said.

Irish Independent

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