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Sectarian row D-Day

The two players at the centre of the verbal abuse controversy in a Monaghan club game last weekend will learn their fate today.

The players – one each from Ballybay and Magheracloone – sought hearings before a committee of the County Board and these took place over the weekend.

The outcome of those hearings is expected to be known by this afternoon.

The Magheracloone player was facing a proposed eight-week ban after allegedly directing comments towards a Ballybay player, Drew Wylie, in a senior league match which took place last weekend.

An appeal from Wylie, who was issued with a proposed four-week ban after being sent off in the game, was also heard in the past few days.

Following Wylie's red card, the rest of the Ballybay team walked off the pitch in support of him, claiming he had been provoked by sectarian abuse.

The Magheracloone club reacted to the proposed suspension of their player by withdrawing from all competitions until their player's and club's good name and reputation have been restored.

Irish Independent