Tuesday 12 December 2017

New twist to 'spitting' row as fresh video clip emerges

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A second video clip of an alleged spitting incident during last month's All-Ireland intermediate club football final between Finuge and Cookstown has made its way into the public domain.

New footage posted up on YouTube appears to show another spitting incident during an altercation between players and officials from both sides.

In the latest clip, it appears that a Cookstown player is on the receiving end this time. The first clip showed a Cookstown player running by Paul Galvin and appearing to spit at him, with Galvin clutching the side of his face in reaction and then protesting to a Cookstown player who was not involved in the incident.

Galvin has since confirmed that he was spat on and has strongly distanced himself from claims that Cookstown players were victims of sectarian abuse.

He also lamented the continued deterioration of the fractured relations between the two counties and expressed a hope that it could improve. However, the release of this latest footage has escalated the bitter fallout from this match, which Cookstown won last month.

The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) has already started an investigation into the incidents that have surfaced on YouTube and are sourcing all video evidence from both clubs, who had requested permission to video the final for their own purposes that night.

Croke Park officials are annoyed that the terms of that permission have been broken by the placement of the footage into the public domain. No broadcaster covered the match that night.

Both sides are likely to be called before a CCCC meeting early next week to explain the actions of some of their players and officials.

Earley 'probably' in

last year for Lilies

Kildare legend Dermot Earley has conceded that this will be his last year lining out for the Lilywhites, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Earley, who made his championship debut back in 1997, has been dogged with knee injuries over the last two years and missed out on a return to action against Dublin after suffering a back spasm on the morning of the game.

And Earley admitted he came close to leaving the inter-county scene as his injuries persisted.

"I did think about quitting when things weren't going well before," admitted Earley, who turns 35 in July. "But with the panel we have, the management and the way things are going at the moment, I decided it was a good time to hang in there and keep working away.

"It probably will (be my last year). I said I'd just give it one more shot and see how it goes."

Irish Independent

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