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Crossmaglen Rangers Oisin McConville awaiting rap after unrest

By Declan Bogue

Published 16/02/2016

Ugly scenes: the Crossmaglen against Castlebar All-Ireland club semi-final was marred by scuffles towards the conclusion
Ugly scenes: the Crossmaglen against Castlebar All-Ireland club semi-final was marred by scuffles towards the conclusion

Crossmaglen Rangers joint-manager Oisín McConville believes it is inevitable that his club will face some kind of punishment when the GAA come to review incidents arising out of their All-Ireland club semi-final loss to Castlebar Mitchells.

The Armagh champions were trailing late on in the game when a couple of sideline balls awarded in their favour were unable to be taken, with Castlebar employing tactics to waste time and run down the clock with the contest in injury-time.

As a result, a number of scuffles broke out and video evidence, along with the referee's report from Eddie Kinsella, may be taken into account.

"I'm sure the GAA will deal with it in the only way they can and I am sure we will face some sort of punishment, or they will say something about it," McConville told the Belfast Telegraph.

"But I think they need to look at who they appoint as referee. Sometimes, trouble can follow referees around."

Kinsella made a number of calls that Crossmaglen felt were harsh, with the vociferous crowd letting the referee know how they felt about a number of his decisions.

Castlebar might also face punishment ahead of the All-Ireland club final against Ballyboden St Enda's for breaking the rule over how many selectors are permitted on the sideline during a game.

A reduction was put in place for the 2013 season, with the number of 12 brought down to five.

Regulation 1.5 states there should be three seats for the manager, the 'runner' and a medic in the 'bainisteoir's zone' with a seated area for substitutes and all other permitted officials.

A maximum of four selectors and medics must remain seated in the front row of the stand or a dug-out.

However, it was noticed in the 2014 Championship that the number of personnel on the sidelines was creeping back up.

A Croke Park official, however, has confirmed that the directive still stands as it did when altered in 2013.

Castlebar had well over the permitted number of selectors on the sidelines during the clash against Crossmaglen.

And McConville added: "I suppose one of the things is that whenever we tried to get the ball back, we were completely outnumbered, not even when it went into the stand but up along the line."

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