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Armagh set to appeal their brawl sanctions

By John Campbell

Armagh county board are expected to strongly appeal against the sanctions as laid down by the Competitions Control Committee into their findings on the pre-match disturbance that marred their Ulster Championship win over Cavan last Sunday.

They have imposed a fine of €5,000 (£4,028), as well as one-match bans for players Brendan Donaghy, Kieran Toner and Andy Mallon.

Cavan have also been slapped with a €5,000 fine, and one-match bans for Feargal Flanagan, and Martin Dunne, who according to the Cavan management, sustained multiple fractures in his hand as a result of the fracas.

The player bans imposed are the heaviest since the infamous 2008 league meeting between Meath and Dublin. After the violence in Parnell Park, a total of 16 players were handed suspensions, with each county board being landed with a €20,000 fine.

The scenes in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday prompted a meeting of the CCC on Tuesday morning and they reviewed the footage available to them.

However, while Orchard County officials are going to appeal their punishment, there is no such appetite from Cavan to contest the decision.

Last season, the Breffni county got the same fine of €5,000 for events arising out of a half-time bust-up between themselves and Fermanagh in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Armagh will now take their case to the Central Hearing's Committee as a first step. Should they do so, they might request that Cavan's George Cartwright should vacate his place on the committee.

If the decision of the CHC does not meet with their approval, they could escalate it to the Central Appeals Committee.

The last action an appeal can take beyond this is the Disputes Resolution Authority, but a case can prove extremely costly to take to these lengths.

Meanwhile, Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever seems set to join Dublin club Parnells imminently.

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