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McLoone's final agony prompts Donegal to probe Glenties melee

DONEGAL disciplinary chiefs are set to launch a full investigation into the melee that saw county star Leo McLoone sustain an injury that rules him out of Sunday week's Ulster final.

County secretary Aodh Mairtin O Fearraigh confirmed that the county's Competitions Controls Committee will investigate the incident, which saw over 50 people get involved in a mass brawl at the end of Glenswilly's narrow senior championship win over Naomh Conaill in Glenties on Sunday. McLoone had scored a late goal but Glenswilly held on for a 1-10 to 2-6, which ended Naomh Conaill's reign as county champions.

"The county's Competitions Control Committee will be looking into it thoroughly, but I can't say anything more than that on it at the moment," O Fearraigh said.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness was present at the match and McLoone's absence will be particularly hard to swallow as he had called for club matches in the county to be postponed until after the Ulster final.

McLoone suffered a double break in his eye socket and not a broken jaw as had been initially suspected, but he will miss the county's first appearance in an Ulster final since 2006.

McLoone had only recently recovered form a broken ankle he picked up in March and he had featured off the bench against both Cavan and Tyrone in the Ulster championship, and he was believed to be pushing hard for inclusion from the start against the Oak Leaf.

The remainder of McGuinness' squad came through their respective matches unscathed and they now go in search of their first Ulster championship title since 1992, when they went on to secure the county's only All-Ireland success.

Irish Independent