Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Justice must be seen to be done, and quickly

Ten days after the shameful episode of Ballybofey is too long to be waiting on further information on the alleged biting of Patrick McBrearty.

Last weekend, the rugby incident involving Paul O'Connell in the clash with Leinster escaped sanction, with Munster coach Rob Penney claiming it was the right decision.

Munster legend Tony Ward begged to differ, saying while it should have been cited, it should not have led to a ban.

Either way, something that occurred last Saturday night had been put to bed on Tuesday, with only debate and conjecture to feature afterwards. In an amateur association, such deliberations take many twists and turns before anything emerges, but the situation with McBrearty is simply unacceptable.

Even labelling the GAA amateur is hollow as it employs a considerable staff on full-time positions. The Central Competitions Control Committee is established along the same lines as other central committees in the GAA, but it relies on the goodwill of volunteers to take care of business in their free time.

The need to appoint a full-time committee that can look at games right across the inter-county realm is an absolute necessity. It will avoid the needless bad blood seeping from Dublin and Donegal at the present time and go some way to assuring the wider public that justice is swift and fitting.

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