Thursday 22 February 2018

Fines but no suspensions after Dublin-Armagh fracas

8 June 2015; Davy Byrne, Dublin. Dublin Football Squad Portraits 2015, St Davids, Artane, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
8 June 2015; Davy Byrne, Dublin. Dublin Football Squad Portraits 2015, St Davids, Artane, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin and Armagh county boards have been hit with proposed fines of €5,000 each after the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee concluded its investigation into the incident in a recent challenge between the teams that left Dublin player Davy Byrne hospitalised for two nights with a broken nose.

The CCCC re-opened the investigation in the wake of Dublin manager Jim Gavin's admission that Byrne (right) and an Armagh player had a "frank" exchange about the incident after the match and were keen to put it behind them.

It is understood that the GAA's disciplinary body could firm up no evidence of wrongdoing against any players so they opted to issue fines instead. Armagh and Dublin have the right to challenge the CCCC sanction at Central Hearings Committee level.

Meanwhile, Karl Lacey looks set to miss Donegal's fourth-round qualifier against Galway next week after a scan revealed knee ligament damage.

Lacey limped out of last weekend's Ulster final defeat to Monaghan and Donegal manager Rory Gallagher last night confirmed to the Irish Independent that he will be out for between two and four weeks.

However, Michael Murphy has shaken off a knee injury that interrupted his preparations last weekend.

Elsewhere, Brian Hurley has paid the price for his failure to make an impact in either of the Munster football finals against Kerry, while an injury to Paddy Kelly will leave the Rebels without one of their most creative players for tomorrow night's fourth-round qualifier clash with Kildare in Thurles.

Hurley has been left off the team as the Rebels take on a quick recovery mission in the wake of last weekend's disappointment. The reshuffle sees Colm O'Driscoll start alongside his brothers Brian and Kevin.

Eoin Cadogan has also been recalled after missing the replay because of a hamstring injury he picked up in the drawn game. Cadogan is named at midfield, having played at full-back against Kerry the first day. It is expected that he will revert to defence.

Shane O'Neill has been recalled to the Cork hurling team after sitting out the last two games with an ankle injury.

O'Neill's inclusion in defence has prompted Alan Cadogan's exclusion in attack as Aidan Walsh is named at midfield.

Elsewhere, Mick O'Dowd looks set to remain on as Meath football manager after the county board executive resolved to propose him for a further two years.

A review will be conducted after the first year but O'Dowd's name will go before a board meeting on August 10. Meath delegates can be quite unpredictable and have twice voted against executive committee recommendations on managers in the last five years.

Irish Independent

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