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The stigma of the eye-gouge will follow Armagh around for some time

Colm Keys


Eye-gouging incident apart, Sunday’s brawl may not throw up many disciplinary charges

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Players and officials from Armagh and Galway become embroiled as they make their way to the dressing-rooms after full-time ended in a draw in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Players and officials from Armagh and Galway become embroiled as they make their way to the dressing-rooms after full-time ended in a draw in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Players and officials from Armagh and Galway become embroiled as they make their way to the dressing-rooms after full-time ended in a draw in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

The paradox of the worst part of the melee between Galway and Armagh players as they left the field at the end of normal time in their All-Ireland quarter-final was that the eye-gouging perpetrated on Damien Comer by a member of Armagh’s extended squad probably won the game for Galway.

Because it is sure to have made the Galway dressing-room a different place than it otherwise would have been after the concession, in calamitous fashion, of a six-point lead in the closing stages to 14-man Armagh.


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