Sunday 22 April 2018

Donegal and Tyrone hit with big fines for flashpoints in weekend league matches

Players from Donegal and Tyrone in dispute
Players from Donegal and Tyrone in dispute
Kerry's Donnchadh Walsh (pictured) and Mayo's Danny Kirby picked up one-match bans for alleged involvement in a brawl at the end of their Tralee league match in February after a CCCC investigation. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Donegal and Tyrone have been hit with proposed €3,000 fines for an altercation that flared up in their Allianz FL encounter in Ballybofey on Saturday night last.

Dublin and Kerry are also in line for similar sanctions arising out of incidents involving their players in Tralee after the Central Competition Controls Committee examined footage of the game.

It is the second fine in a matter of weeks for Donegal for incidents involving their players. A sideline altercation on the night that they played Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park merited proposed fines of €2,000 for both counties.

There is concern among counties who feature regularly in matches that are broadcast live that they are in the firing line for such incidents when others, away from the cameras, are escaping punishment for similar incidents.

Kerry's Donnchadh Walsh and Mayo's Danny Kirby picked up one-match bans for alleged involvement in a brawl at the end of their Tralee league match in February after a CCCC investigation.

Meanwhile, Colm Cooper's future with the Kerry football squad should become clearer in the coming days.

There is speculation in the Kingdom that Cooper might call time on a 14-year career, having landed an elusive All-Ireland club title with Dr Crokes last week.

Waterford have failed in their attempt to have Maurice Shanahan's one-match ban for his red card in the recent league match against Cork overturned. Shanahan had a hearing last night where the suspension was upheld.

Irish Independent

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