Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Fans hurt as brawl mars Tyrone GAA final

Tyrone GAA chiefs last night promised a full investigation after a mass brawl at the county Division One League final spilled over into the crowd, with spectators involved in ugly scenes.

Fighting which broke out between players in the closing stages of the title decider between Carrickmore and Dromore sparked a mini-riot in the stand at Dunmoyle.

A number of spectators were left with open wounds as a result of the disturbance, which lasted almost 10 minutes.

Two Carrickmore players received straight red cards as a direct result of the on-field disorder, with Dromore running out five points winners once order was restored.

County chairman Ciaran McLaughlin immediately promised an in-depth investigation by the county's Competitions Control Committee.

“The matter will be left in the hands of the CCC. Obviously they will have to investigate it completely and fully and if there are sanctions to be brought, they will be brought,” insisted McLaughlin.

He described he said the involvement of spectators as a worrying development.

“When something happens outside the perimeter of the field, and spectators become involved, it is very serious,” he said.

Earlier this season, a referee was seriously assaulted at a ladies match in Tyrone, as a result of which two men, one of them a member of the Carrickmore management team, received lifetime bans.

And inside the past week, some of the heaviest punishments handed down in GAA, including four life bans, were imposed within the Antrim Board on the St. Mary’s, Rasharkin club following assaults on a referee and linesman after a game.

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