Monday 20 November 2017

Na Fianna condemn U-21 row

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DUBLIN club Na Fianna have promised to fully co-operate with their county board's inquiry into the disgraceful melee that saw the county U-21 hurling semi-final abandoned last Saturday.

Na Fianna were leading Craobh Chiarain by a point with less than a minute of extra-time to go when a row broke out between players from both sides, prompting referee Kevin Roche to abandon the game.

The home club, Na Fianna, strongly condemned what happened, describing it as "unsatisfactory, with no place in our games".

Na Fianna have already referred the matter for investigation to their own 'Conduct Committee' and have contacted the Dublin Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to inform it of their intention to fully co-operate with any inquiry.

Craobh Chiarain declined to comment yesterday but the matter is likely to be addressed by tonight's Dublin CCC meeting and could yet result in both clubs being thrown out of the competition and fined.

Dismissal for both would mean that the title would be awarded to southside club Cuala who have already qualified for the final.

The decider was due to take place this Saturday but is now likely to be postponed.

Irish Independent

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