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Tyrone v Dublin tunnel brawl: Players to escape sanction because of inconclusive evidence


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Tyrone and Dublin players were involved in a tunnel brawl in Omagh

Tyrone and Dublin players were involved in a tunnel brawl in Omagh

A general view of the pitch conditions before the Tyrone v Dublin clash

A general view of the pitch conditions before the Tyrone v Dublin clash

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Tyrone and Dublin players were involved in a tunnel brawl in Omagh

Players involved in the tunnel brawl at half-time in the Dublin/Tyrone Allianz FL Division 1 match in Omagh on Saturday night look set to escape sanction because of inconclusive evidence.

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee has set up an investigation into the incident but identifying those involved clearly and getting any charge against them to stick may not be possible on the evidence available.

Video evidence from mobile phones is not admissible while the only camera angle from the broadcasters does not make it clear who was involved.

Both county boards can expect to be hit with heavy fines with a reassertion of match protocols around exiting the field at half-time.

Referee Cormac Reilly did show Tyrone's Pádraig Hamsey a black card when the teams returned for the second half for allegedly verbally abusing an opponent as the teams left the field.

Irish Independent