Friday 17 November 2017

GAA chiefs step up bite probe

Leinster Council sub-committee to investigate alleged incident

GAA president Liam Ó Néill
GAA president Liam Ó Néill
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Investigations into an alleged biting incident during last Sunday's Dublin v DCU O'Byrne Cup game in Parnell Park are to be stepped up.

The Leinster Council last night set up a sub-committee to examine all aspects of the alleged incident, but it remains to be seen how much progress they make. It has been claimed a DCU player was bitten by a Dublin opponent during the second half of a niggly encounter, which the students won.

Leinster's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) considered the referee's report which is believed to have contained a reference to the alleged incident.

However, the CCCC deemed it necessary to form a sub-committee in an effort to advance the investigation process. It will proceed with its work as quickly as possible, but no specific time limit was imposed.

Presumably, DCU and Dublin will be asked for their version of events, but ultimately, it's unlikely any real progress will be made unless the DCU player who was allegedly bitten is prepared to make a statement.

A similar investigation into an allegation that a Dublin player had bitten a Donegal opponent during an NFL game last April ran aground when the Donegal player declined to attend a formal hearing.

GAA president Liam O'Neill said earlier this week that if a player makes an allegation of this nature, he should back it up.

"If you don't follow through, it really is better not to make it," O'Neill said. "If you don't follow through, it is very unfair to make it in the first place. There is a collective responsibility on players to follow through."

He was talking in general terms, but clearly his comments are relevant to the latest biting controversy.

Irish Independent

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