Friday 23 February 2018

GAA President orders counties to comply with discipline probes

Davy Byrne and right Aogan O Fearghail
Davy Byrne and right Aogan O Fearghail
Aogan O Fearghail said that it wasn't up for clubs to deal with discipline issues amongst themselves
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Counties can't settle issues of indiscipline themselves and are obliged to co-operate with any GAA investigation taking place, GAA president Aogan O Fearghail stressed yesterday.

As the association's disciplinary body continued to look into the challenge match incident that left Dublin player Davy Byrne with a broken nose two weeks ago, O Fearghail made it clear that such matters could not be settled by "local arrangements," regardless of the status of the match.

He said that counties involved, in this case Dublin and Armagh, must co-operate with the Central Competitions Control Committee investigation.

"There are no games behind closed doors as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't be comfortable with an association that had games behind closed doors. I don't like that idea, I don't think that's healthy and I don't think there was a game behind closed doors," he said at yesterday's All-Ireland hurling championship launch.

"If anyone has information, if an incident occurs, you establish if it happened and anyone with information on it should be forthcoming with it. Local arrangements cannot and should not be entered into for any game."

Dublin manager Jim Gavin said in a Newstalk interview last week that Byrne, who sustained extensive facial injuries, had a "frank" exchange after the match with the Armagh opponent he was involved with and said they were keen to put the matter behind them.

But this has prompted CCCC to seek more information on the incident.

Read more: GAA to re-open probe into Davy Byrne challenge match incident

Irish Independent

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