Wednesday 14 November 2018

Moy 'dismay' at findings of investigation into Cavanagh injury incident

Cavanagh was taken to hospital after the incident which occurred in a Tyrone SFC game between Moy and Edendork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cavanagh was taken to hospital after the incident which occurred in a Tyrone SFC game between Moy and Edendork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Seán Cavanagh's Moy club have expressed its "dismay" at the outcome of an investigation into an incident that left the former Tyrone captain with extensive facial injuries and concussion.

Last weekend the Tyrone CCC announced that after reviewing the footage, it was "satisfied that the referee was well-positioned, in clear view of the incident, and adjudicated on the matter, appropriately."

Cavanagh was taken to hospital after the incident which occurred in a Tyrone SFC game between Moy and Edendork with the club rejecting the CCC's findings in a statement released late on Tuesday night, where they called on match day officials to review their ruling and cited the rule that covers 'Behaving in a way that is dangerous to an opponent' - which is a red card offence.

"On 24th September 2018, members of the Committee of Moy Tír na nÓg had a first opportunity to view the video footage of the match between Moy and Edendork St Malachy's played on 15th September 2018, during which Seán Cavanagh sustained a broken nose and concussion.

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"Having considered this video, Moy Tír na nÓg G.A.C expresses its disappointment and dismay with the outcome of the investigation by the Competitions Control Committee of the Tyrone County Board, issued on Saturday 22nd September 2018, that the referee '…adjudicated on the matter appropriately'.

"The cause of the clash that led to the injuries could and should have been avoided. The mark had been taken by Seán Cavanagh and signalled by the referee directly before the incident," read the statement.

"Rule 7.2 Category 3 (iv) 'Behaving in a way that is dangerous to an opponent' is a red card offence.

"As a first stage in the appeal process, Moy Tír na nÓg GAC has requested to Tyrone County Board that the referee and the linesmen who officiated on 15th September 2018 review the footage again to reconsider their opinion.

"Moy Tír na nÓg GAC expresses its disapproval of the derogatory online comments made against both clubs and the players involved, and appeals for restraint and moderation in the expression of legitimate views and opinions.

"The health, safety and well-being of all our playing members is of the utmost importance to our club.

"We wish Edendork St Malachy's GAC well in their Championship match this Friday, 28th September 2018."

Irish Independent

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