Thursday 22 February 2018

Leinster chiefs to quiz Dublin and DCU as they weigh up probe into 'bite'

Philip McMahon, Dublin, in action against David Byrne, DCU
Philip McMahon, Dublin, in action against David Byrne, DCU
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Leinster Council have asked both Dublin and DCU for their views on a reference to a biting allegation contained in the report of referee David Gough after Sunday's O'Byrne Cup match between the teams in Parnell Park.

The report will be discussed at an unscheduled meeting of Leinster's Competition Controls Committee in Portlaoise tomorrow evening. Leinster's disciplinary arm had not been scheduled to meet until next week.

It is understood that the referee was made aware that a DCU player was the victim of an alleged bite during the course of the second half, and that the allegation came from a DCU player.

Both Dublin and DCU have been invited to comment on the contents of the report as Leinster CCC explore whether or not there is a case to investigate the matter further.

There are strong connections between the Dublin team and DCU. Dublin have used DCU's Glasnevin facility St Clare's as their training base since Pat Gilroy's reign, while the Dubs' skills coach Mick Bohan is also a coach with the DCU team.

Former Dublin selector Michael Kennedy is also involved and one of Gilroy's advisers, Professor Niall Moyna, is DCU manager.

A Dublin player was at the centre of a biting allegation last year when Donegal's Paddy McBrearty was the apparent victim during a league match in April. McBrearty was treated in hospital, where he received injections.

But after a lengthy investigation there was insufficient evidence available to the Central Hearings Committee to suspend the player in question and the case against him was "not proven".

Irish Independent

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