Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Counties are hit with heavy fines

The GAA have hit four counties where it hurts hardest – in their pockets – arising from fracas in two All-Ireland qualifiers which look set to net €20,000 (£17,220) for central coffers.

Wexford and Longford have both been given €5,000 (£4,305) fines for their mass row in Pearse Park, and Cavan and Fermanagh have got the same sized fines for the half-time dust-up during their second-round game on the same weekend.

Three of the counties involved are set to appeal but they will not be too optimistic of their chances after hearing Cavan have tried but failed to have their fine commuted.

The Breffni took their case to the Central Hearings Committee last Thursday where they successfully appealed a proposed eight-week suspension for selector Anthony Forde, but there was no move on their fine.

Fermanagh confirmed yesterday they have sought a hearing on their fine and Sean Quigley, who received a red card at the time, is also appealing his suspension.

The melee at the end of the Longford/Wexford game, which went to extra-time, attracted a lot of media attention because the video showed one team mentor taking off his glasses before he intervened.

Managers Glenn Ryan and Aidan O'Brien apologised for the incident immediately after the game.

But the subsequent disciplinary investigation has seen Wexford centre-back David Murphy facing a proposed one-match ban while an eight-week ban has been proposed for their team trainer Jason Moran.

Longford's Michael Quinn, who was a substitute on the day, is also facing a one-match ban and two of their back-room team – Dave Hare and James Murray – have been hit with eight-week bans.

The bans will not affect players at club level but will apply to their next inter-county match.

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