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'There was nothing in it' - Dublin star Howard plays down Omagh melee

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Brian Howard has played down the melee between Dublin at Tyrone in Healy Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Brian Howard has played down the melee between Dublin at Tyrone in Healy Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Brian Howard has played down the melee between Dublin at Tyrone in Healy Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

BRIAN Howard doesn’t feel either Dublin or Tyrone have a case to answer for their respective parts in Saturday’s melee in Omagh.

The incident is under investigation by the CCCC but given the lack of clarity in the broadcast footage, it is anticipated that no-one will face any sanction, although both county boards are likely to face hefty fines.

Howard says he was the first man into the Dublin dressing-room on Saturday night.

"In my opinion, there was nothing in it," the Raheny man stressed.

"Just two teams, two competitive teams and when you come in, it's a draw game, with the conditions, both teams aren't playing particularly well."

Howard conceded there were "hot tempers" in the tunnel at that moment but insisted "there shouldn't be any repercussions for either team."

Asked whether an investigation could pose a distraction to the remainder of Dublin’s league campaign, the double All-Star stressed: "You want to want to focus on the football, all that other stuff comes with it... a load of nonsense, in my opinion.

"In terms of both teams, I think we’re level on points at the minute, and have ambitions to go and win our remaining game.

"So the stuff that goes on behind the scenes is not something we can deal with, we just focus on the football."

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