Friday 24 November 2017

Credit to Leinster Council for tackling biting controversy

Dublin's Jason Whelan was suspended for eight weeks
Dublin's Jason Whelan was suspended for eight weeks
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

ON the day after this newspaper reported a biting incident during the Dublin v DCU O'Byrne Cup game, references to the allegations being a "malicious rumour" were made elsewhere.

Eight days later, Dublin's Jason Whelan was suspended for eight weeks, arising from an investigation by the Leinster Council's disciplinary wing.

Whelan accepted the charge of "inflicting injury recklessly", as did the Dublin County Board, so that was the end of the matter.

So our exclusive report on the incident on January 13 wasn't "a malicious rumour" after all.

On the contrary, it was based on concrete facts, highlighting an incident which the Leinster Council deemed to be sufficiently serious to warrant an eight-week suspension.

Credit goes to the Leinster Council for pursuing the matter in a diligent manner and for ignoring the "malicious rumour" propaganda that was being spread.

They were helped, no doubt, by the fact that this paper had put the issue in the public domain in the first place, even if we were criticised in some quarters for doing so.

That's the sort of criticism we can easily live with.

Irish Independent

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