Saturday 24 March 2018

Twin Probes Launched into Qualifier melees

Cork County Board are waiting to hear why Horgan is suspended
Cork County Board are waiting to hear why Horgan is suspended
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee have launched two investigations into the melees that marred qualifier games in Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan and Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday night.

The disciplinary arm met to discuss weekend events and will further probe the flashpoints at half-time in Cavan and at the end of normal time in Longford prior to the start of extra-time.

Referee Michael Duffy red-carded Fermanagh's Sean Quigley and sent Cavan's assistant manager Anthony Forde to the line when the teams came back out on to the field after half-time.

But, despite Duffy dealing with the incidents, CCCC are likely to seek names of other back-room team members who became involved. Officials from both teams were also involved in the Longford stand -off.

The incidents have put the focus once more on the numbers allowed on sidelines.

The GAA cut the numbers permitted to five from 12 at last December's Central Council meeting, leading to an outcry from some managers and medics. A relaxation of the rule was never publicly announced but the numbers have crept back up at a number of venues and most if not all physio/doctor combinations sit side by side on the sidelines now.

In the case of one Ulster football team, all their back-room staff have congregated in the dugout despite the provision of designated areas in the stands where they have played a number of matches this year.

Meanwhile, Cork County Board are waiting to hear why Patrick Horgan is being suspended before deciding whether to seek a hearing for the player.

Horgan (above) was sent off just before half-time when his hurl caught the head of Limerick's Paudie O'Brien. O'Brien went down clutching his head but the ball had struck him at the same time that Horgan made contact.

On receipt of the suspension notification later today, Cork are expected to press for a hearing for their player to free him up for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kilkenny next week.

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